Teen assault accused refused bail

A teenager accused of assaulting an elderly couple outside their home has been refused bail.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, is charged with grievous bodily harm, common assault and possession of a knife.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in the Racecourse Road area of the city on June 20.

District Judge Barney McElholm had initially granted the teenager bail, however he was remanded in custody three days later for breaching the conditions of the bail.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard that a new application for bail was being made on the grounds there was a bail package available to the juvenile through the Youth Justice Agency,

The investigating officer opposed bail and revealed the teen “almost immediately” breached bail by going near the address of the alleged injured parties.

The officer said the teen also failed to make himself available for the installation of the electronic tag and was reported missing when he didn’t return home for two days.

She told the court police feared he would not adhere to bail conditions and had “no regard” for them.

Defence solicitor Leonie Breslin conceded it was a “difficult bail application” but her client denied being anywhere near the home of the alleged injured parties.

She added that the teen’s mother had secured a holiday home in Clonmany and wished to take her son and her other four children to it during the summer.

Ms Breslin said the time the 14-year-old has spent in custody has had a “sobering effect on him” and urged the court to give him “one final opportunity”.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said bail conditions could not be monitored if the teenager went over the border and his home address was completely unsuitable because it was too close to the alleged victims.

The teen was remanded in custody and will appear in court again, via videolink, on August 16.