Missing girl found in attic - court told

Bishop street Courthouse
Bishop street Courthouse

A teenage girl who was at the centre of a missing persons appeal last week was found hiding in an attic in her boyfriend’s house, a court has heard.

Kim Hazlett went missing from her address in Francis Street on February 15.

Police launched a media campaign to help find the 18-year-old, who was described as ‘vulnerable’.

She was located 11 days later hiding in an attic in her boyfriend’s house in the Hazlebank area of the city.

Hazlett was on bail for offences of aiding and abetting burglary, assaulting police and making a threat to kill between December 2014 and January this year.

While she was missing she is alleged to have committed a further offence of stealing an electronic monitoring tag.

Hazlett spent the weekend in custody after a bail application was adjourned for a suitable address to be found.

However, on Monday she was granted bail to live with her boyfriend and his family in Barrs Lane.

The 18-year-old was released on her own bail of £200 and banned from having any contact with her co-accused.

She must also abide by a curfew and must present herself for bail checks.

District Judge Barney McElholm warned the teenager if there was any breach of bail conditions or any further offences committed she would be remanded in custody.

He added: ‘This court is giving you a chance, if you re-offend or breach bail you can’t blame anyone but yourself’.

Hazlett will appear in court again on April 2.