07 Oct 2022

Teenage boy who was arrested after last night's rioting is banned from entering the Bogside area of Derry after appearing in court this morning

A seventeen-years-old youth who was arrested in the early hours of this morning during disturbances in the Bogside area of the city has appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh charged with committing four public order offences. Because of his age the youth cannot be named. He's charged that in the early hours of this morning in Rossville Street he had on his possession an offensive weapon, namely a bottle. He is further charged with disorderly behaviour, assaulting a police officer and with resisting a second police officer. The maximum sentence for each of the offences is a fine of £5,000 and or six months imprisonment in the Young Offender's Centre A police constable told Deputy District Judge Ted Magill that she could connect the defendant to the charges. A solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service told the court that the alleged offences took place during a riotous situation in the Bogside in the early hours of this morning. He said the assault on the police officer related to the youth allegedly throwing a bottle which struck the police officer. The prosecutor said any bail conditions should include the youth being ordered to continue to live in his home address, observing a 9pm to 7am curfew, not being in a gathering of three or more people and being electronically monitored. Defence barrister Ciaran Roddy said the youth had no previous convictions. He said in relation to banning the youth from a gathering of three or more people, there were more than three people in his family. Mr. Roddy also said while he appreciated that a curfew was necessary, he applied for the curfew hours suggested by the prosecution to be amended to between 11pm and 7am The prosecution solicitor said whatever bail conditions were imposed by the court, they should continue until Friday of this week. "This application is based on the fact that a march is due to take place in the city centre on Thursday of this week. My submission is that he should be banned from the city centre in its entirety until the end of the week as there are concerns for the potential for further rioting", he said. Deputy District Judge Ted Magill released the youth on his own bail of £250 to appear before the Youth Court sitting in Coleraine next Tuesday. He ordered the youth to continue to live in his family home, to observe an 11pm to 7am curfew and not to enter the Bogside area of the city. Mr. Magill also ordered that between today and Friday the youth should stay out of the city centre as defined by the City Walls. He refused a prosecution application to have the youth electronically monitored but he warned the youth that if he was not at home during his curfew hours when the police called to check on him, that would cause the youth a real problem.

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