Teen jailed for assault, damage and theft

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

A teenager who assaulted his sister and stole an iPad from a local entertainment venue has been jailed for five months.

Martin Stokes, of Cornshell Fields, was convicted of a number of charges in his absence after he failed to turn up for court.

He was later apprehended and remanded in custody.

The 19-year-old was convicted of common assault, criminal damage and theft between November 2011 and March 2013.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that Stokes assaulted his sister in the kitchen of their home.

She was left with a cut lip and swollen cheek after the 19-year-old kicked her about the head, chest and back.

In November 2012 Stokes smashed the windows of a house armed with a baseball bat.

Two windows, one of which was five foot and the other three foot, were smashed and the injured party saw Stokes outside with the bat.

During police interview, the teen denied the offence.

In 2013, Stokes assaulted his sister by pushing her on the forehead. There were no injuries caused however the injured party was ‘extremely upset’.

When he was interviewed in relation to this, Stokes claimed he had an argument with his sister but did not assault her.

The court also heard that in November 2011 the 19-year-old stole an iPad from the prize shop in Brunswick Moviebowl.

He was identified on CCTV stealing the item.

It was revealed Brunswick Moviebowl contacted the teenagers relatives to give him an opportunity to bring it back.

However, he did not do this and the iPad worth £480 has never been recovered.

Defence counsel Stephen Chapman said his client has no previous convictions and claimed his cousin had stolen the iPad.

He added there was no history of domestic violence between the 19-year-old and his sister.

The barrister said Stokes presents as a ‘polite and respectful individual’, characteristics ‘completely at odds’ with the offences he was convicted of.

Jailing Stokes, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘this defendant is obviously a good actor’.

He said the incidents involved ‘disgusting offences’ and the 19-year-old is a ‘complete stranger to the truth’.

The judge also ordered Stokes to pay £480 compensation to Brunswick Moviebowl.