Bail for boy accused of defibrillator damage

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A 14-year-old boy charged with causing criminal damage to a defibrillator in the Waterside last month, apologised to District Judge Harry McKibbin after an outburst when appearing at Derry Youth Court this week.

The teen, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is also charged with resisting police and disorderly behaviour. He has been in custody for the past three weeks due to lack of a satisfactory bail addresses, the court heard.

Defence counsel Nicola Rountree explained the boy had been “remanded in custody for three weeks because he has no bail address”.

She said the defendant had expressed a willingness to work with the Youth Justice Agency and that he did not have a significant record.

District Judge McKibbin said: “It’s a serious matter. A defibrillator, in particular being potentially life-saving.” He ordered a Youth Conference Report for November 1.

He said he was also happy to grant bail at £60.

However, a Public Prosecution Service representative told the court he was unable to agree to bail unless an investigating officer was present.

The judge deferred the bail application for a week at which point there was an outburst from the defendant who had to be restrained.

The case was later returned to when Ms Rountree advised the court that the defendant wished to address the District Judge McKibbin in person.

“I’m sorry, it’s unacceptable to disrespect the court,” he said.

Judge McKibbin accepted the apology stating: “Thanks for being man enough to apologise.”

Ms Rountree then asked the court to grant bail to an address acceptable to social services whichwas accepted.ght side of social services. You don’t, your bail ends.

“Keep a zip on it. Behave yourself and don’t get into any bother.”

He set bail at £60 and ordered a youth conference report for November 1.