A SCRAP metal dealer was remanded in custody when he appeared in Londonderry Crown Court charged with assaulting 16-year-old Philip Convery on Tuesday night of last week.
Michael Mongan (21), from White Rise, Dunmurry, is accused of causing grievious bodily harm to the St Patrick’s College pupil at his grandmother’s house.
He is also charged with attempted robbery of £10,000 in cash.
The court heard the teenager sustained a fractured skull in the incident at Mayogall Road, Gulladuff, on June 5.
Mongan is further accused of assaulting the boy’s 70-year-old grandmother and 44-year-old old uncle; possessing a firearm and iron bar with intent to commit robbery and driving while disqualified.
He will appear again in court by way of video link on June 28.
A 28-year-old man arrested in England was this week still being questioned by police investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, police have re-issued their appeal for information, particularly in relation to a dark blue coloured, 4 door saloon vehicle, possibly a Vauxhall vectra which is believed to have been used during the attack.
Significantly this vehicle has no rear number plate.
It is believed the vehicle travelled from the scene of the incident at Mayogall Road towards Portgelenone and then onwards towards the Ballymena area.
If anyone has any information in relation to the vehicle’s movements, or indeed any other activity, in and around Mayogall Road, on the night of June 5, please contact police on 0845 600 8000 or give the information anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.