'Home alone' woman who breached bail over Christmas is tagged
A 21-year-old woman left "home alone" over Christmas by her parents has been electronically tagged after breaching a condition of her bail.
Lindsay Nelson, of Drumawill Gardens, Enniskillen, is charged with assaulting a woman on October 13, last year, occasioning her actual bodily harm.
She was released on bail on condition that she abides by a curfew and does not consume alcohol.
A police officer told Fermanagh Court that at approximately 1.40am on Sunday police saw Nelson in the front passenger seat of a car travelling along Halls Lane in Enniskillen. She was in breach of her curfew and was also believed to be intoxicated as she was unsteady on her feet, although police did not have the equipment to breathalyse her.
In reply to a question from defence solicitor Gary Smyth, the officer accepted that Nelson had not committed any other offences and the car had not been involved in any wrong-doing.
District Judge Liam McNally pointed out that Nelson had previously breached her bail on November 18, and when she appeared in court the following day in relation to that was warned of the consequences of a further breach.
Mr. Smyth said the previous breach was also in relation to the curfew. Police called at her home at 10.30pm and she arrived back 15 minutes later, at 10.45pm.
On this occasion she and two female friends had taken some wine with a meal and they were travelling around Enniskillen. There was no question of offences having been committed.
He said Nelson had been bailed to her parents' address. They had gone to England to visit family and she had found it difficult to be home alone. Her sister was in court and was prepared to move back into the family home and stay with her until their parents returned in early January.
The District Judge told the court that from looking at Nelson's record he wondered why she was subject to a curfew but regardless of that she had breached the condition.
He released her on bail on condition that she is electronically tagged.
Adjourning the case until January 14, he warned Nelson: "Needless to say if there's a further breach you will be remanded in custody."
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 01 Jan 13