Riot accused teenager bailed to live in Donegal

August 7, 2020

TWO teenage boys have appeared at Derry Magistrates’ Court charged in connection with disturbances in the Galliagh area of the city.

The BBC reports that a 14-year-old boy is charged with a number of offences including riotous behaviour and throwing a petrol bomb.

A 15-year-old boy is charged with attempted criminal damage and riotous behaviour. They are are alleged to have committed the offences on 5 August.

Both schoolboys, who can’t be named because of their age, were released on bail to appear again in court on Friday, August 21.

The 14-year-old is also charged with attempting to damage a police vehicle, while the 15-year-old is charged with attempting to damage police vehicles.

The court was also told about £27,000 of damage had been caused to a police vehicle during the disturbances.

A police officer said that shortly after midnight on Wednesday, August 5, police were dealing with a crowd of about 10 or more who were throwing stones, masonry and petrol bombs at police.

A large crowd of about 100 people were watching the rioting, the court heard.

Police opposed bail for both boys but they were both released on bail of £500.

As part of bail conditions the 14-year-old must reside in Co Donegal and only enter the city of Derry for court appearances.

The 15-year-old was released on the condition he does not go within 500 metres of any police operation.

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