Scrap dealer charged over violent robbery

Published Monday, 11 June 2012
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A 21-year-old scrap metal dealer has appeared in court in Londonderry accused of a violent attempted robbery that left a teenager schoolboy fighting for his life.

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Two men armed with a gun and iron bar entered a house at Mayogall Road near Maghera on Tuesday evening attacking 16-year-old schoolboy Philip Convery, his 44-year-old uncle and his 70-year-old grandmother.

The teenager was left critically ill after suffering a fractured skull. He is now in a stable condition in hospital.

Police described this incident as a sustained and brutal attack on a defenceless family.

On Saturday, police arrested Co Antrim man Michael Mongan at the docks in Belfast.

Mongan, who is from White Rise in Dunmurry, was brought to Bishop Street Courthouse in Derry on Monday to face seven offences.

He is charged with causing grievous bodily harm to schoolboy Philip Convery and with assaulting the boy's uncle and grandmother.

He is also accused of attempting to rob £10,000, possessing a gun and an iron bar with intent to commit the offence and driving while disqualified.

A detective told the court that Philip Convery suffered a fractured skull in the attack, but at the weekend the schoolboy was well enough to make a statement to police in his hospital bed and to take part in an identification procedure.

A second man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released on police bail.

Michael Mongan was remanded in custody.

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