Defendant 'forced to flee Derry after threat'

A 20-year-old Londonderry man has been forced to flee the city because of a threat, the city's Magistrates' Court was told on Thursday.

The disclosure was made by solicitor Paddy MacDermott, who represents Steven Coyle, from Strabane Old Road.

He failed to appear in court to face four motoring offences following a road accident on Chapel Road on 18 March.

Mr MacDermott said his client had left Derry following the threat, but he hoped it would be temporary.