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Bail refused for teen charged with murder of Karol Kelly

By Eamonn MacDermott

A youth charged with the murder of Londonderry father of five Karol Kelly has been denied bail after a judge said he seemed to have "a propensity for engaging" in assaults.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named due to his age, was the first of three people charged with Mr Kelly's murder to apply for bail.

Police opposed bail.

An officer said that at 2.42am on March 4, police had received a report of a stabbing in Grafton Street in Rosemount and found Mr Kelly dead at the scene. Acting on information received, they went to a nearby house and arrested two males.

Their inquiries led them to believe that the deceased and anther man had entered the property and assaulted residents there.

Mr Kelly and the other man left and, it was claimed, were followed by some of the residents and, after a chase, the deceased fell against a van and was stabbed. The officer told the court that initially the youth was questioned as a witness and at first he denied being there but later admitted having been in the house. The teen told police he was not involved in the attack and had tried to pull the assailants away.

The officer said threats had been made against all of those charged in connection with the murder and that police were concerned that, if released, the youth could be in danger "from people seeking revenge".

The officer also said there was a concern about interference with witnesses and added that the youth was "well known" for involvement in anti-social activity.

A defence solicitor said his client's time in custody had been "very sobering" for him, and that it was unlikely there would be a trial date until next year.

District Judge Oonagh Mullan heard the youth was due to be sentenced on July 3 for an August 2016 assault by four people. She said he seemed to have "a propensity" for assaults involving groups of people and refused bail. The teen will appear again at Derry Youth Court on July 3.

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