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Man breached his bail by sending a “full stop” to a woman on a dating app

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard a case of breached bail when a man, who as part of his bail conditions was ordered not to contact a woman, sent her a “full stop” on the dating app on which they had met.

In December last year, John O’Kane (57), of Bishop Street was accused of assaulting a female who he had met on a dating application. At the time, it was asked that part of his bail conditions included that should not use or possess any device that enables him to use the internet. The judge thought it too harsh.

The bail conditions did however state that he should have no contact with the woman. The woman contacted police in the past to say that he had been viewing her profile, but was told that since her profile was in the public domain, nothing could be done.

She went back to the police saying that he contacted her, as he sent her a full stop via the dating app.

His defence counsel, Sinead Rogan, said that he claimed to have sent her the full stop by accident while attempting to delete her profile.

His bail conditions have now been amended and includes the condition that he is not allowed to use any internet enabled devices.

O’Kane was released to appear again on January 22.

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