Enniskillen man who breached bail was hiding in attic

Enniskillen Court House, RMGFH04

Enniskillen Court House, RMGFH04


A 25-year-old Enniskillen man who breached his bail by destroying an electronic tag and contacting an injured party in his ongoing case has had his bail revoked.
Christopher Masterson, of Oakfield Court breached a total of five conditions in his bail and appeared on Wednesday at Enniskillen Magistrates Court.
A police constable outlined that on March 2, 2016 police received a report from G4S that an electronic tag being worn by Masterson had been damaged, breaching a condition of his bail. The defendant was later found in the attic of the home of the injured party, Masterson’s girlfriend. It was a condition of his bail that he not contact her.
After being arrested Masterson was interviewed by police and explained that he cut the tag and then got a taxi to the injured party’s house, leaving the tag at his home. The court heard that it was the defendant’s intention to go back and live with the injured party when he got out of prison.
Opposing the application for bail the police constable said there was extensive domestic history between the pair and there is also a matter of a four-year-old child, who lives with the mother. The officer further noted this was the second breach of bail from the defendant.
Defence barrister Steffan Rafferty told the court that the injured party in the case was Masterson’s girlfriend and that she has since made a withdrawal statement to police in relation to matters from September 2015. The defence said this was a drunken argument resulting in the injured party calling the police.
Masterson is accused of threats to kill and threats to damage property endangering life against the injured party in an incident on September 9, 2015 and faces a further charge that between September 5 and September 8, 2015 he sent an electronic communications message that was of a menacing character.
In requesting bail the barrister highlighted the defendant’s mental health problems, noting his problems with depression. In regards to making contact with the injured party he said that she was the only person Masterson could talk to about his personal issues and she provided solace and comfort.
Deputy district judge Peter Prenter called it a “clear and vagrant breach” and noted that Masterson did not simply go around to his girlfriend’s house for solace, but rather cut the tag and then hid in her attic. Due to the risk of further offending and his previous breach of bail the judge remanded the defendant into custody until March 21.

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