Arrest warrant issued for teenager

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

The District Judge at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court has issued an arrest warrant in connection with a teenager convicted of possessing a 15-inch knife in a public place, namely on the Peace Bridge.

Keith Boyle (18), of an unknown address, was found guilty of possessing an article with a blade on October 3, last year.

District Judge Barney McElholm convicted the 18-year-old on the tendered evidence after he failed to appear in court.

The court as told police saw the teenager together with another male riding bicycles along the Peace Bridge.

Boyle was on a bicycle which had a basket attached to the front of it, and officers became suspicious that it had been stolen.

The prosection said that police advised him he would be searched and asked Boyle if he had anything on him. The court was told Boyle replied that he “shouldn’t have”.

Upon searching the teenager the police found a 15-inch knife which he had concealed in the waistband of his trousers.

Police also found two bags of yellow powder.

He was arrested and during police interview he claimed a friend had allowed him to borrow the bike.

When officers questioned Boyle about why he had the knife, he replied: “Just because.”

The knife was described as a large black handled knife, similar to a bread knife. In relation to the yellow powder, the defendant claimed it was chicken seasoning.

District Judge Barney McElholm convicted Boyle and issued a warrant for his arrest.