02 Oct 2022

Teenager appears in Derry court charged with assaulting and trying to rob Russian tourists who were visiting the city at the weekend

A mother and her son, who were visiting Derry at the weekend were allegedly assaulted by two youths looking for money, a court had heard. Before the court was a 16-year-old who was charged with attempted robbery, two counts of assault and one count of indecent behaviour all of which were said to have occurred on November 23. The court heard that police were called to Foyleside by security staff who reported a man, the defendant, urinating outside the doors. While they were dealing with this they were approached by the mother and son who identified the youth as one of two youths that had approached them while they were walking along the Foyle embankment on Friday evening. They told police they were approached by the two youths who demanded money. When the mother and son refused the youths started shouting 'grab the bag, give us the money, get the purse.' The youth was then alleged to have punched the son on the nose causing it to bleed. The mother and son tried to flag down passing motorists and ran across the road. When the pair started talking in Russian the youths abused them about being foreigners. A police officer objected to bail on the grounds that there was a risk of further offences. He said the youth had amassed 23 convictions and had another matter pending with the prosecution services. Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said that if an address agreeable to police could be found the youth should be released on bail. He asked the officer if the other person arrested in connection with this charge had been released on police bail and was told that was correct. Mr MacDermott said his client would abide by any conditions. Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer said he would not be happy granting bail given the youth's offending history. He said he was not long released from the Juvenile Justice Centre and there were fears that he would re-offend to feed his drug and alcohol habit. He refused bail and the youth will appear again on December 4.

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