Northern Ireland

Teen in court accused of twelfth ASBO breach this year

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in Belfast Magistrates Court accused of his twelfth alleged breach of an anti-social behaviour order this year.

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was warned he faces jail if he continues to flout his prohibition.

The teenager appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court alongside 18-year-old Mark Scott.

Both pleaded guilty to breaching their orders by being in each other's company.

The pair were detained on Monday after being spotted together by police investigating reports of youths chasing cattle in the Newtownabbey area, the court heard.

Opposing bail, a constable said it was the sixth time Mr Scott, of Fairhill Crescent, Newtownabbey, had breached his anti-social behaviour order since February.

"Unsatisfactory history"

Dealing with the younger defendant, the officer then said: "This is the twelfth breach of an ASBO within the calendar year."

A defence lawyer accepted there was "a fairly unsatisfactory history" with both his clients.

He said they accepted being in each other's company but had taken themselves away and were not involved in chasing cattle.

District Judge George Conner released both teenagers to appear again in court on Wednesday.

He told the 16-year-old: "It's getting farcical, but I want you to comply with all the terms of your ASBO.

"You are going to back me and the court into a corner.

"If you continue to breach this, we are just going to be embarrassed into keeping you in custody, no matter how harsh that may seem."