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Boy (12) facing riot charges granted bail

'The District Judge said he issued the bench warrant for the schoolboy's own benefit' (stock photo)
'The District Judge said he issued the bench warrant for the schoolboy's own benefit' (stock photo)

By George Jackson

A 12-year-old boy has appeared in Londonderry Magistrates Court a day after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

The youth was charged with rioting and possessing a paint bomb during disturbances in the Moss Park area of Derry on May 23.

His solicitor Keith Kyle told District Judge Barney McElholm that the reason the boy failed to attend the Juvenile Court on Tuesday was because he told staff in the children's home where he currently resides that he didn't believe he had appropriate clothes to wear.

The District Judge said he issued the bench warrant for the schoolboy's own benefit.

"It is a potentially dangerous matter," he said.

"I don't want a 12-year-old getting caught in the grasp of sinister individuals who will ruin their lives by getting them involved in this sort of thing."

The boy was released on bail and the case adjourned until July 2.

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