Belfast Telegraph

Co Down teen was bailed before stolen van rammed police, court hears


A teenager accused of being in a stolen van which rammed police had been bailed 24 hours earlier, the High Court heard today.

Darren Porter and the co-accused driver were arrested after officers pursued the Citroen vehicle in Lisburn, Co Antrim last week.

A judge was told the van had been stolen in Newtownards and driven so dangerously by the other suspect that other motorists had to swerve out of its way.

"He then collided with a civilian vehicle before ramming the police vehicle while trying to escape," a prosecution barrister said.

Porter, 19, of Hillsborough Road, Carryduff, faces charges of allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle, having a small quantity of cannabis, and handling stolen goods.

He denies knowing the van in which he was a passenger had been stolen.

During his bid to be freed from custody it emerged that Porter had been released on police bail the day before for other unrelated matters.

A defence barrister also disclosed that Porter's father was murdered when he was young.

"He was, I believe, shot in the house," the lawyer said.

"He was involved in various businesses in the Ards area. I think there was some sort of feud, although I don't think he was directly involved."

Details were given to illustrate Porter's difficult childhood.

But according to his defence he has recently gained work with a mechanic, strengthening his bid to be released on bail.

Mr Justice Deeny adjourned the application until more information is made available.

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