A man accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of a schoolboy who fell off a scrambler motorbike told police he was “terribly sorry” for what happened, a court has heard.
Andrew Paul Morrow has also decided to wait until after 12-year-old Daniel Mooney is buried before making a bail application, his lawyer said.
Daniel died after falling from the bike he was riding pillion at Mountcoole Park, north Belfast, on Sunday. He was not wearing a helmet.
Morrow, a 32-year-old window cleaner from Ardoyne Road, Belfast, faces a total of seven charges in connection with the fatal crash.
As well as causing death by dangerous driving, he is accused of driving a scrambler while disqualified, without insurance and while unfit through drink or drugs.
He is further charged with failing to stop, failing to remain and failing to report an accident.
Morrow spoke only to confirm he understood the alleged offences before Belfast Magistrates Court. A detective sergeant said he could connect the accused with all of the charges.
When charged with the most serious offence, Morrow replied to the court: “I'm terribly sorry for what has happened.”
Defence solicitor Dennis Boyd added that throughout intensive police interviews on Tuesday his client continued to express his remorse.
The lawyer also confirmed that Morrow had decided to defer making an application for bail.
He said: “This tragic young man is being buried tomorrow. The defendant is very keen not to cause the family any further distress or anxiety.”
Morrow was then remanded in custody to appear again via video-link tomorrow.