TWO teenagers have been banned from Donegal after appearing in court on theft charges.
They were among seven people facing charges after weekend arrests by gardai in Co Donegal. They were all released on bail yesterday.
The two juveniles, from the Derry area, were banned from the county as part of bail conditions. The mother of one of the Derry teenagers wept. The two were charged with causing criminal damage and theft at an Eircom depot in the border village of Bridgend on Sunday.
Two gardai were slightly injured when their patrol car was rammed during the incident.
Judge Paul Kelly agreed to garda bail conditions that the two defendants do not return to Donegal county except for their court appearances. Also before the court was Matthew Lafferty, Ballykeeran, Kilmacrennan, who is originally from Letterkenny.
He was charged with criminal damage and theft in connection with an incident in the early hours of last Friday morning, when a 69-year-old woman was confronted at her home in the village.
Lafferty (20) was ordered by the judge to observe a curfew, give his passport to gardai and sign at Milford garda station every day.
A couple from Moville in the county were also given bail yesterday after facing charges relating to a break-in at a house in their town.
Kieran Breslin (35), Gulladuff, and Caomihe Sweeny (25), Foyle View Crescent, were both charged with criminal damage and theft after an incident at an empty property at the weekend. They were released on bail on condition that they sign on at a garda station three times a week.
Two other men facing burglary charges were also given bail. Tommy Connors (29), Canal Road, and Danny Connors (38), Canal Road, were charged with theft.
The charge related to a break-in in Letterkenny.