Escaped drink drive charge because of brother’s lie


A STRABANE man who lied to police and subsequently helped his brother dodge a drink drive charge has narrowly escaped jail.
Neilson Stewart (37) of Sigerson Place, Strabane, entered a guilty plea to obstructing police in what the judge described as ‘as bad a case as he had seen’.


A5 Judgement delayed until next week


THE High Court Judgement on whether the A5 dual-carriageway can go ahead has received another setback today when a judge said he was ‘minded to quash’ the decision to proceed with the project.


Road Service pressed on Clady delay


FOOTPATH improvement works to Clady Main Street which were scheduled to be completed before the end of February have been postponed, it has been revealed this week.
However, following the setback, local Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa McHugh says he has been pressing Roads Service to ensure that vital works are rescheduled as quickly as possible.


Man thanks judge for three month jail sentence


A STRABANE man thanked a judge who jailed him for three months on multiple police assault charges.
Patrick Pearce McCrossan (37) of Linkside Park was produced from Maghaberry Prison for sentencing at Strabane court on Thursday. McCrossan is currently serving a four month jail term, also for assault.
Police attended the defendant’s home on January 6 this year at 3.10am as part of a bail check. A female came to the door and said she could not find the key to open it. She then came to the window and said McCrossan had jumped out a back window and run off.


Terri goes live


STRABANE singer Terri O’Reilly is this week gearing up for the live broadcasts of RTE’s the Voice, having successfully negotiated the Battle Stage of the show yesterday evening.


School children playing deadly ‘fainting’ game


A STRABANE mother has warned that school children are risking their lives through a macabre craze dubbed ‘the pass out challenge’.

Lynette Hegarty spoke out following an incident when her son lost consciousness while attempting the game with friends. Gerard McGarrigle, an 11-year-old pupil at Holy Cross College, was rushed to hospital on Wednesday night after being found unconscious at Springhill Park.


Man endures 25 hour wait in A&E


A STRABANE man who spent 25 hours waiting in Altnagelvin’s accident and emergency department has warned lives are being put at risk.
Stephen Devine, who suffers from cluster migraines or ‘suicide headaches’ as they are commonly known, was referred to the hospital by his GP last month. More than a day after arriving however, he still had not been admitted to a ward.