‘Absolute final chance’ for teenager

Londonderry Courthouse on Bishop Street
Londonderry Courthouse on Bishop Street

A teenager due to get engaged on the same day he attended court has been given ‘an absolutely final chance’ by a judge.

Michael Stokes, of Moss Park, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour relating to an incident on October 25, last year.

The 19-year-old also admitted a seperate charge of theft from a sports shop on March 31, this year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the teenager breached a suspended sentence by committing these offences.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court Stokes is a prolific offender, but there has been ‘something of a change’ in his behaviour.

He said the teen was due to get engaged after his court appearance and married in October and his ‘life could change with the love of a good woman’.

Deferring sentence until October, District Judge Barney McElholm warned Stokes it is his ‘absolutely final chance’.

He told the teen if he commits any further offences he will get an immediate custodial sentence.

Stokes will appear in court again on October 24.