Northern Ireland

Legal row prompts woman prisoner to represent herself

The ongoing legal dispute has prompted a woman prisoner with 46 previous convictions to represent herself at a Londonderry Court.

Karen-Marie McDonald, 25, currently in Hydepark Young Offenders' Centre, made her own bail application in order to see her seven-month old son.

She faces charges of having and handling stolen property and allowing herself to be carried in a stolen car.

The row between lawyers and the justice minister is over legal aid fees.

Dozens of solicitors' firms are refusing to work on criminal cases because they will not accept new lower rates of pay introduced in March.

Ms McDonald's application was refused on Thursday because she had broken previous bail conditions by removing an electronic tag.

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