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Judge 'amazed' by baseball bats

Bishop Street courthouse

A district judge has told Londonderry court that he is "amazed by the number of baseball bats in this town".

Mr Barney McElholm made the comments after Philip O'Donnell, 40, from Baldrick Crescent, admitted going to another man's house armed with a bat.

Mr McElholm, who is from Tyrone, added: "If there were fewer, Derry might be more skilled at Gaelic football."

O'Donnell was given a two year conditional discharge. The baseball bat is to be destroyed.

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