Northern Ireland

Belfast scrambler tragedy rider 'sorry'

Schoolboy Daniel Mooney
Image caption Schoolboy Daniel Mooney died after falling from the scrambler

A motor-cyclist accused of causing the death of a 12-year-old schoolboy by dangerous driving told police he was "terribly sorry," a court has heard.

Daniel Mooney, a pillion passenger on the scrambler, died after a fall at Mountcoole Park, north Belfast, on Sunday. He was not wearing a helmet.

Andrew Paul Morrow, 32, of Ardoyne Road, Belfast, faces seven charges in connection with the fatal accident.

He will not seek bail until after Daniel's funeral, his lawyer said.

Mr Morrow, a window cleaner, is also accused of driving a scrambler while disqualified, without insurance and while unfit through drink or drugs.

He is also charged with failing to stop, failing to remain and failing to report an accident.

Serious offence

Mr Morrow spoke only to confirm he understood the alleged offences as he appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court.

A detective sergeant said he could connect the accused with all of the charges.

He told the court that when charged with the most serious offence, Mr Morrow replied: "I'm terribly sorry for what has happened."

Defence solicitor Dennis Boyd added that throughout intensive police interviews on Tuesday his client continued to express his remorse.

The lawyer also confirmed that Mr Morrow had decided to defer making an application for bail.

He said: "This tragic young man is being buried tomorrow. The defendant is very keen not to cause the family any further distress or anxiety."

Mr Morrow was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link on Friday.