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Teen accused of brick attack on police 'ripped electronic tag off and slept in a field'

A teenager accused of a brick attack on police ripped his electronic monitoring tag off and spent a night sleeping in a field, the High Court heard today.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified, repeatedly breached conditions imposed over his alleged involvement in trouble in Derry, prosecutors said.

He was readmitted to bail but banned from being on the streets in a group of ten or more people.

The youth faces a charge of criminal damage to a PSNI car in the city on August 11.

A second charge of riotous behaviour is expected to be withdrawn, a judge was told.

Prosecuting counsel claimed the accused was part of a group of youths throwing stones at police in the Glengalliagh area.

He is alleged to have broken off and attacked their vehicle with a brick, causing paint damage.

He was released on bail only for his monitoring tag to be broken off earlier this month.

Defence barrister Ivor McAteer said his client has already pleaded guilty to destruction of the device.

"There was a significant argument between (the accused) and his father, as a result of which he left his home, ripped the tag off and spent the night in a field in the open air near his home," he told the court.

Mr McAteer's client suffers from both attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), he added.

Granting bail, Mr Justice Weir imposed a night-time curfew and banned the teenager from the Glengalliagh area.

But the judge told him: "I'm only doing it because your parents are decent people.

"I think you're a layabout and if you continue the way you're going you will end up in serious trouble."

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