Northern Ireland

Youth charged with police murder bid in Londonderry

Londonderry courthouse
Image caption The judge said he had some concerns about the attempted murder charge

A 17-year-old boy has appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court charged with attempting to murder a police sergeant in the city at the weekend.

It is alleged he tried to stab the sergeant in the throat, lower face and torso at Curryneirin on Friday night.

The teenager, who cannot be identified because of his age, is also charged with having a 10 inch knife, assault and threatening to kill the sergeant.

He is further accused of causing criminal damage to a car.

A defence solicitor told the court that his client had no previous convictions and that he has been dealing with family bereavements.

The lawyer added that two witnesses said his client did not have a knife during his struggle with the sergeant.

The judge said he had some concerns about the attempted murder charge.

He released the youth on bail to appear before the juvenile court later this month.