Teen found in front seat of damaged car

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A teenager accused of breaking into a car in the city centre last weekend has been refused bail.

Noel McGilloway, of Creggan Heights, has pleaded guilty to attempting to take a conveyance and theft of a USB on June 7.

Sentencing was adjourned for a probation pre-sentence report to be compiled.

However, police opposed the 18-year-old being released on bail pending the completion of the report.

An investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court McGilloway was on bail accused of a burglary and was ordered to abide by a curfew.

The teen was found in a car parked in the city centre in the early hours of the morning.

The rear window had been smashed and the steering column was broken off and an item was stuck in the ignition.

It was revealed the car was ‘in perfect condition’ and had passed the MOT earlier that day.

McGilloway was removed from the car and searched.

A USB stick belonging to the owner of the car was found in the teen’s possession.

Opposing bail, the officer said the teen was ‘well aware of his bail conditions’ and has ‘shown a lack of respect’ for them.

District Judge Peter King refused bail for fear of further offences. He said the court ‘would be quire rightly criticised’ if McGilloway was re-released.

The judge added ‘there is a degree of public protection in the court’s decision’.

McGilloway was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on June 25.