Northern Ireland

Derry defendant flees Northern Ireland 'over threats'

Bishop Street Court House
Image caption The case was heard at Derry Magistrates Court

A district judge has been told that a man who was due to be sentenced at Londonderry Magistrates Court has fled Northern Ireland because of threats from a paramilitary organisation.

William Lewis Morrison from Brewsters Close in the city, was due to have been sentenced for stealing a trolley of groceries.

However, a defence solicitor said his client would not be in court.

The district judge issued a bench warrant for the defendant's arrest.

Mr Morrison's solicitor said his client left Northern Ireland last month following a pipe bomb attack on a house in the Brandywell area of Derry.

He is accused of stealing £280 of groceries from the Tesco supermarket at Strand Road in the city on 23 September.