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21/09/2021

Teenager refused bail at Derry court over murder of father-of-five Karol Kelly

Karol Kelly
A 17-year-old youth charged with the murder of Karol Kelly in Derry earlier this year has been refused bail after a judge said he seemed to have 'a propensity for engaging' in assaults. The youth who cannot be named due to his age was the first of the three people charged with Mr. Kelly's murder to apply for bail. The father-of-five was stabbed to death in the Rosemount area on March 4. A police officer told the court that initially the youth was questioned as being a witness and at first he denied being there, but later admitted having been in the house. The court heard that police inquiries had revealed the involvement of a third male in the incident. The youth told police he had been in the house, but had been at the toilet and came out as the deceased and the other man were leaving. The police officer said that this was 'a very serious offence' and added that threats had been made against all of those charged in connection with the murder. He added that police were concerned that if released the youth could be in danger 'from people seeking revenge.' He said the proposed bail address was in the city side and would be difficult to manage as the officer felt 'If there was a curfew those people who want to do him harm would know where he was.' The officer also said there was a concern about interference with witnesses and added that the youth was 'well known' for his involvement in anti-social activity in that area. A defence solicitor said that his period in custody had been 'a very sobering' impact on the youth and it was unlikely there would be a trial date until next year. The youth will appear again at Derry Youth Court on July 3.

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