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Teen charged over death of Belfast mum Valerie Armstrong in scrambler bike tragedy

By Allan Preston

Published 21/07/2016

Valerie Armstrong died after she was struck by a scrambler motorbike near Mila's Lake at Colin Glen Forest Park in west Belfast. Picture: Pacemaker
Valerie Armstrong died after she was struck by a scrambler motorbike near Mila's Lake at Colin Glen Forest Park in west Belfast. Picture: Pacemaker
Valerie Armstrong
Colin Glen Forest Park yesterday

A 17-year-old has been charged with causing the death of Valerie Armstrong by dangerous driving.

The mother-of-three, from Poleglass, Belfast, died on Wednesday after she was hit by a scrambler bike while out walking her dog in Colin Glen Forest Park.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received a second charge of driving without insurance at Belfast Magistrates Court.

Asked by district judge Neil Rafferty if he understood the charges, the tearful teenager nodded.

While standing outside the dock in a grey polo shirt and black trousers, he could be seen struggling as the charges were read.

When asked for his age the teenager replied he would be 18 next month.

The court heard that the teenager had waited with the woman at the scene of the crash in Colin Glen Forest Park until the ambulance arrived.

A Detective Constable told the court he had also been extremely remorseful in custody.

Charges have been remanded until August 18, where the youth will appear by video link from Hydebank prison where he will remain in custody.

As he was led from the court the boy's mother called out to him.

The scene of a collision at the Springbank pond in the Colin Glen Forest park in which a woman has been struck by a motorbike. July 19 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
The scene of a collision at the Springbank pond in the Colin Glen Forest park in which a woman has been struck by a motorbike. July 19 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police at the scene in Colin Glen Forest Park on Tuesday night
The scene of a collision at the Springbank pond in the Colin Glen Forest park in which a woman has been struck by a motorbike. July 19 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Colin Glen Forest Park in west Belfast
An aerial view of Colin Glen Forest Park
Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident to contact them

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