Man accused of hit-and-run fails to appear at court on separate charge

The Coalisland man on bail for allegedly murdering his cousin Declan Quinn in a hit-and-run has failed to turn up in court for a separate matter.

Anthony Joseph Quinn, 21, with a current address of Culdee Terrace, Armagh, is on High Court bail in relation to the murder of Declan, and driving while disqualified. Both charges are alleged to have occurred in Coalisland on July 16.

He is also facing charges of driving while disqualified and without insurance in Armagh in September.

In a separate matter, Anthony Quinn was due before Dungannon Magistrates’ Court for a charge of disorderly behaviour and assaulting a police officer.

Quinn also failed to attend last week’s sitting and District Judge John Meehan warned the case would be heard in his absence if he failed to appear again.

The case went ahead on Friday, December 2, despite Quinn not attending.

The court heard police were on patrol in the Birney Square area of Coalisland at around 2.20am on December 4, 2010, when they saw the defendant being chased by a group of males.

Officers intervened but Quinn became aggressive and shouted abuse at the group while continuously spitting blood.

He was warned to calm down but persisted in shouting abusive comments both at the group and towards police officers.

Judge Meehan convicted Quinn on all three counts, and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

>Previous reports on alleged Declan Quinn hit and run


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