We can confirm that our client Noel Quigley who had been charged with a single count of attempting to murder a police officer, has been released on bail at Derry Magistrates Court.

Ciarán Shiels of Madden & Finucane said:

“We welcome the decision of Deputy District Judge McStay to grant bail in this case. The judge noted that it was more desirable that our client receive his much needed medical treatment for his gunshot wounds and for his mental health care plan with the Health Service than to be held in Maghaberry Prison.

“We have always contended that to charge this vulnerable individual with attempted murder was an outrageous decision which will be vigorously contested in due course before a jury.

“However, this was a bail application which had to be adjourned on two occasions, leading to our client spending an additional two weeks in a prison hospital because of the abject failure to allow Health Care Professionals to efficiently interact and share critical medical information in a timely and joined up manner.

“It is very easy to see how vulnerable members of society can fall in between the cracks of the Health Care system in this jurisdiction.

“Our client will now be returned to the care of his family and will be interviewed by the Police Ombudsman’s Senior Investigating Officer and her team in line with her investigation concerning the police conduct at the flat but also the direction that those officers received immediately prior to the deployment of lethal force in this case.

“It will then be for the Public Prosecution Service to decide who should face charges in respect of this incident.”