Bail for teen who wrecked his flat

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A teenager who destroyed his city centre supported accommodation unit has been released on court bail.

The youth, who can not be named for legal reasons, was arrested on October 22 after staff at Jefferson Court contacted police. Staff had received noise complaints from other residents in the city centre sheltered housing accommodation unit but when they approached the defendant he and another male threw CDs at them. The court heard that on their arrival at the young person’s flat police officers discovered “substantial damage to the flat and the telecom system.” Upon his arrest for criminal damage the defendant refused to move from a sitting position, responding ‘f... off’ to officers. He was then restrained in handcuffs.

The court was told that the young male headbutted the door of a police vehicle and refused to provide any identity details.

The accused was then charged with criminal damage, resisting arrest and two counts of assaulting police officers.

District Judge Barney McElholm heard that during police interview the defendant admitted to drinking ten cans of lager prior to the incident.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor, Seamus Quigley, told the court: “Despite this incident Jefferson Court are willing to have the defendant back. There will be pleas to all of the matters. He has already been in custody for a period of one week and the fact of the matter is, despite there being a number of recent incidents, my client has no record.”

Judge Barney McElholm said during his summary: “I’ll grant bail as this is a young person but if he commits further offences he risks immediate custody.

The defendant was released on £400 bail, ordered not to possess or consume alcohol, submit to a preliminary breath test and not to consume or possess any non-proscribed drugs “including legal highs. Any breach of those orders and you will risk immediate custody.”