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26/09/2021

Boy (15) remanded in custody on robbery and burglary charges

Derry courthouse
A 15-year-old boy has been remanded in custody on robbery and burglary charges. The teenager, who cannot be named because of his aged, appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court today charged with the robbery of a shop in Blucher Street in the Bogside area of the city on Sunday mornng. Derry Magistrate's Court heard today that a 15-year-old charged with the robbery of a shop on Sunday told police he could hear voices in his head. He was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon namely "a large carving knife." He also faced a charge of stealing a TV on the same date. A police officer told the court her could connect the accused with the charges. In response to defence solicitor, Maoliosa Barr, the officer said the accused had admitting carrying out the robbery. When asked by Mr Barr could there be "mental health issues" in that the youth claimed he could hear voices in his head telling him to do the robbery, the officer said he had said he could hear voices in his head but refused to elaborate. There was no application for bail and the accuse was emanded in custody to appear at Derry Youth Court on 5 March next.

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