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Weeping youth (17) charged over scrambler death

By Allan Preston

Published 22/07/2016

A 17-year-old youth wept in a Belfast court as he was charged with the death of Valerie Armstrong.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

A mother-of-three from Poleglass in Belfast, Mrs Armstrong died after being hit by a scrambler bike while walking her dog on Tuesday evening in a west Belfast beauty spot.

The tearful teenager nodded when asked by district judge Neil Rafferty if he understood the charges.

As he stood outside the dock, wearing a grey polo shirt and black jeans, he could be seen struggling with his emotions and only spoke to confirm he would turn 18 years of age next month.

A detective constable told the court that the youth had been "extremely remorseful" and co-operative while in custody.

The court also heard he had stayed with Valerie Armstrong at the scene of the crash until an ambulance arrived.

No application for bail was made and the teenager was remanded back into custody at Hydebank Young Offenders Centre. He is due to appear at court again on August 18 by video link.

As he was led away the boy's mother could be seen calling out to him.

A 15-year-old boy who was also arrested in connection with the incident has been released on bail pending further police inquiries.

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