Teenager accused of attempted murder

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A teenager has appeared in court accused of the attempted murder of a police officer in the Waterside area at the weekend.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with attempted murder, possession of a knife, criminal damage and making a threat to kill. The charges relate to an alleged incident in the Waterside area on November 1.

He is further charged with assault on police on November 2.

Derry Magistrate’s Court yesterday heard allegations a youth matching the 17-year-old’s description jumped on top of a car at around 11pm and jumped up and down on the roof. A police officer said the incident was ‘frightening’ for the driver and her passenger.

A short time later police on patrol in the area came across two youths acting in a ‘boisterous manner’ in the middle of the road. Officers spoke to them and the 17-year-old became very agitated.

The teenager allegedly claimed he was carrying out a white line protest and called the officers ‘black b*******’ and ‘fenian b******’.

The court was told he then ran off and police gave chase with one officer, a sergeant, withdrawing his baton.

It is alleged the teen then claimed he would get his own weapon before going into his home address and coming out with a kitchen knife.

The court heard allegations the teen ‘lunged towards the officer with the knife and tried to stab him in the lower face and throat area’ and shouted ‘I will f****** kill you’.

A struggle ensued and it is alleged the 17-year-old tried to stab the sergeant again. However, the court heard the officer punched the teen to defend himself.

The teenager ran off and was discovered in his girlfriend’s house hiding under a pile of clothes in a bedroom.

It was confirmed that the police officer did not sustain any injuries during the alleged incident.

During police interview, the teenager claimed he did not intend to use the knife but to scare the police officer.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police would be concerned the teen poses a risk to the public. He added that police also believe the 17-year-old has behavioural and anger management issues.

Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey told the court there were two witnesses to the alleged incident who claim the teen did not have a knife in his hand while he was struggling with the officer.

He added that his client has no previous convictions and if released on bail would be supported by his family and the Youth Justice Agency.

Deputy District Judge Liam McStay released the 17-year-old on his own bail of £500, with one surety of £500 to live with his parents. He must abide by a curfew, be electronically tagged and is banned from consuming alcohol. The 17-year-old will appear in court again on November 26.