Northern Ireland

Londonderry man 'asked to turn supergrass'

A Londonderry man charged in connection with the discovery of mortars in March has been approached in prison to turn supergrass, a court has been told.

Gary McDaid, 37, of Glenowen Park was attending a remand hearing at Derry Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

His solicitor said while in Maghaberry prison his client had been asked on six occasions to plead guilty and become an assisting offender.

The approaches were made in the absence of Mr McDaid's solicitors, he said.

The solicitor said representations had been made to the prison service, the chief constable, the secretary of state and the High Court in regards to the matter.

Deputy district judge John Meehan said one possible remedy could be the granting of bail to Mr McDaid.

He adjourned the case for one week for the prosecution to show cause why Mr McDaid should not get bail.

The Northern Ireland Office confirmed in a letter that the PSNI had visited Mr McDaid in Maghaberry.