Northern Ireland

David Gerard McCloskey remanded over Londonderry 'hit and run'

Londonderry Magistrates Court
Image caption David McCloskey was remanded in custody by Londonderry Magistrates Court

A 23-year-old man has appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court charged over a hit-and-run collision in which a young girl was seriously injured.

The seven-year-old girl was knocked down by a motorbike at Creggan Heights in the city on Friday evening.

David Gerard McCloskey, from Creggan Heights, was charged with causing grievous bodily injury to the girl by driving a motorcycle dangerously.

There was no bail application and he was remanded in custody until 4 July.

He was also charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and failing to retain a vehicle at the scene of an accident.

Mr McCloskey was further charged with driving without insurance and without a licence, carrying an unauthorised pillion passenger, driving a motorcycle without protective headgear and with handling goods stolen in the Republic of Ireland, namely £295 in cash and 60 euros.

A detective constable told the court she could connect the defendant to all the charges.