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Metal dealer charged with fracturing skull of teenager

Category: Northern Ireland

Published: 11th Jun 2012 13:23:04

A scrap metal dealer has appeared in court charged with assaulting a teenage boy during a robbery near Maghera.

Michael Mongan, 21, from White Rise, Dunmurry is accused of committing grievous bodily harm with intent to 16 year old Philip Convery.

The teenager sustained a fractured skull in the incident at his grandmother's house in Mayogall Road, Knockcloghrim on Tuesday night.

Mr Mongan is also charged with the attempted robbery of £10,000 in cash.

He is further charged with assaulting the teenager's 70-year-old grandmother and 44-year-old uncle, possessing a firearm and iron bar with intent to commit a robbery, and driving while disqualified.

The court in Londonderry was told Mr Mongan was arrested as he got off a ferry in Belfast in the early hours of Saturday morning, after returning from the Appleby horse fair in Cumbria.

A second man who was arrested at the fair in connection with the same incident was released on bail.

Detective Constable Rory McPhillips told District Judge Barney McElhom that he believed he could connect the defendant to all seven charges.

He said the schoolboy was able to take part an ID procedure and make a statement to police in hospital at the weekend.

There was no bail application and Mr Mongan was remanded in custody for a video link hearing on 28 June.

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