Londonderry court escapee behind bars

Dean Beattie (22)
Dean Beattie (22)

The Londonderry man who escaped from police custody at the city’s courthouse two days before Christmas is now back behind bars - having been remanded in custody at Wednesday’s sitting of Londonderry Magistrate’s Court.

Dean Beattie, 22, of Glenowen Park, appeared in court on the back of a bench warrant issued on December 23 - when he escaped from police custody by jumping over the fence at the Bishop Street courthouse.

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Londonderry

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Londonderry

Beattie now faces two additional charges.

The first is that he escaped the lawful custody of the PSNI and the second that he intimidated a person on December 28.

No application for bail was made.

Beattie will appear again via videolink on January 21.