Robbery accused is released on bail

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A teenager accused of the robbery of a mobile shop in Galliagh has been released on bail.

Conchur Boyle, of Moss Park, is charged with robbery and aggravated burglary and theft on January 14.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations the 19-year-old went into the mobile shop in Moss Park armed with a bat. He allegedly had his face obscured with a scarf and he pointed the bat in a ‘menacing manner’ at the shop assistant.

It is alleged he demanded she open the cash register before jumping over the counter.

The court heard the shop assistant slammed the till drawer closed before any money could be stolen so the accused allegedly took a handful of cigarettes before fleeing the scene.

Boyle handed himself into police the following morning.

During police interview he said he had been drinking and decided to go into the shop to ‘rob it of money’.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said the proposed bail address was too close to where the shop assistant and another witness live.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said police would not have been able to solve the crime if his client had not handed himself in and ‘confessed’.

District Judge Barney McElholm released Boyle on his own bail of £500 with a number of conditions, including a cban of going with 500m of the shop and the home addresses of the witnesses.

He will appear in court again on February 26.