Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Boy (14) accused of gun murder bid denied bail

A boy of 14 accused of trying to shoot a man dead must be kept in custody to protect the public, a High Court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice McLaughlin refused bail after hearing the attack on a west Belfast caravan was part of a feud in the Traveller community.

The suspect, who cannot be named because of his age, was charged with attempting to murder John Delaney, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

The victim was shot in the leg after four men burst into his home in the Lagmore area on Monday.

Two brothers and a 49-year-old man have also been charged with attempted murder.

Two shots were fired into the victim's caravan.

Fears for the safety of the teenage accused if he was released were also advanced.

Defence counsel Neil Rafferty argued that there was a statutory presumption of bail for someone so young. He also took issue with prosecution claims that his client, who is studying for his GCSEs, was the masked gunman.

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