Robbery accused ‘told he would be shot’

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A teenager on bail for the robbery of a mobile shop cut off his electronic tag after he was told he would be shot, a court has heard.

Conchur Boyle, of Moss Park, is charged with robbery and aggravated burglary on January 13.

The charges relate to an incident at a mobile shop in Moss Park, during which a quantity of cigarettes were stolen.

The 19-year-old was released on bail last week with a number of conditions, including wearing an electronic tag.

He handed himself into police yesterday for breach of bail and when he was asked about his tag he said he wasn’t wearing it and didn’t know where it was.

Boyle was then charged with causing damage to the tag, which is worth over £220.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott told the court that a person approached his client on Friday and ‘told him he was going to be shot’.

He said Boyle panicked, went across the border and cut off his tag.

The solicitor added: ‘It is very unfortunate that other people have interfered with the process of the court’.

Mr MacDermott told the court the teen accepts he did not deal with the matter in the appropriate way and admitted causing damage.

Boyle was jailed for two months for criminal damage.

Bail was also revoked in respect of the robbery charge and he will appear in court again via videolink on February 26.