Teen charged with threat to kill grandmother


A teenager who threatened to kill his grandmother has been refused bail.

Sean Paul Boyle, whose address was given on court papers as Crawford Square, is also accused of threatening to kill another man and making off without paying for a taxi.

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

The offences were allegedly committed between April 2 and April 20.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard allegations the 19-year-old got a taxi to an address in Westland Street and when they arrived told the driver he did not have money to pay the fare.

He also allegedly told the driver to come back in an hour but the man did not get his fare.

The court heard allegations the 19-year-old threatened a man over Facebook who he accused of sleeping with his girlfriend.

He allegedly threatened to cut the man’s throat and called him a ‘scumbag b******’.

He also allegedly threatened to ‘cut his balls off’.

It is further alleged Boyle sent threatening messages to his grandmother later on that night.

He was arrested outside her home.

During police interview, the teen denied making the threats to either complainant.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said there is a domestic violence history between Boyle and his grandmother.

She said police fear the teen will commit further offences or interfere with witnesses.

The officer added that the teen has a history of not abiding by court orders.

District Judge Peter King refused bail.

He said the domestic violence report ‘makes more concerning reading than his record and that is bad enough’.

The judge added Boyle has an ‘unhealthy disrespect for the court and court orders’ and he had no confidence the 19-year-old would abide by bail conditions.

Boyle was remanded in custody to appear in court again via videolink on May 14.