An Irish student jailed in west Africa after a prank went wrong has had his bail hearing postponed.

Patrick Devine, from Dunfanaghy in Co Donegal, will have to spend at least another week behind bars in Senegal after allegedly dropping his trousers outside the home of a governor in Saint Louis.

It is understood the judge deferred the bail hearing until next Friday when Mr Devine will again try to seek his release before standing trial for the alleged offence.

The Queen's University Belfast student was arrested on 27 July after 'mooning' outside the Saint Louis residence.

The engineering student had travelled to the African state earlier this summer in a group from the Teaching and Projects Abroad scheme to work with street children.

It is understood he pulled the stunt as part of a series of dares made up by members of the group when a local man spotted him.

The man held him until the police arrived and after several days in police cells he was moved to La Maison de la Correction where he is reportedly sharing a cell with 40 other criminal suspects.

Messages of support continue to pour on to the student's Bebo internet site homepage with dozens logging on to add their best wishes.