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Belfast schoolboy 'stole car that struck policeman', court told

By Alan Erwin

Published 10/11/2015

A west Belfast schoolboy was in a stolen car that struck a policeman trying to stop burglars in Co Antrim, a court heard today.

The 15-year-old admitted being a passenger in the Audi A6, which was also driven head-on at a PSNI vehicle in Co Antrim last month, a judge was told.

The defendant, who cannot be identified because of his age, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court charged over the nighttime break-in at Lynda Meadows, Newtownabbey.

He is accused of burgling a home to steal car keys and aggravated vehicle taking causing injury to the police constable and damage to two vehicles.

Opposing bail, a PSNI officer claimed the youth posed a risk to himself and the general public.

The court heard police arrived at Lynda Meadows shortly after two people were spotted getting into the Audi on October 8.

It was claimed that the car took off at high speeds in a bid to get out of the residential area.

"The vehicle was then purposely driven head-on at the police vehicle and collided with it," the officer said.

He continued that a constable then got out and tried to approach the Audi.

"The stolen vehicle then reversed at speed, clipping the police officer on the knee and causing him minor injuries."

District Judge Fiona Bagnall was told the 15-year-old defendant has been forensically linked to the burgled house.

According to police he admitted being a passenger, claiming a friend called for him on the night asking if he wanted to go to a party in Newtownabbey.

"He said when he got there his friend told him 'There's no party, we're going to do burglaries'," the officer added.

"He said he opened the window to the house to allow his friend to get in and get the keys and then jumped in the car."

Despite police objections, Judge Bagnall granted defence barrister Sean Mullan's application for his teenage client to be released on bail.

She banned the accused from entering Lynda Meadows or being in a car.

He is due back in court later this month.

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