Sunday 17 December 2017

Violent high-risk teen denied bail ahead of extradition hearing

Casey Morgan
Casey Morgan

Brian Kavanagh

A teenage fugitive described as a violent high-risk offender has been denied bail at the High Court pending a hearing against his extradition to Northern Ireland.

Mr Justice John Edwards today said that 18-year-old Casey Morgan was a “fugitive from justice” and had a “substantial incentive” to flee if admitted to bail.

Morgan is wanted by authorities in Northern Ireland after he failed to return to his designated accommodation and left the jurisdiction in breach of his license conditions in March.

Morgan, who has 57 previous convictions, was sentenced to three years in a young offender’s institution with a five years post-release license after an attempted robbery of a chemist in Downpatrick, Co Down, on November 24, 2008.

The court heard that Morgan covered his face with a scarf and held a knife up to the throat of a female member of staff as he demanded drugs and money.

Morgan made threats to kill the female staff-member but fled the scene when he was told the shop safe worked on a time-delay mechanism. He was just 14-years-old at the time.

After leaving his supervised hostel accommodation last March, Morgan travelled to the Republic and was arrested on foot of a European Arrest Warrant in May.

Sergeant Sean Fallon told Ms Lisa Dempsey BL, for the Minister of Justice and Equality, that the Northern Ireland authorities had classified Morgan as a “Category 3” person who required intense multi-agency intervention and who was regarded as a violent offender with a serious risk of reoffending.

He said that gardai were objecting to bail as Morgan was considered a flight risk and had no real tangible links to the Republic.

Mr Justice Edwards said that Morgan was a convicted person with a “bad track record” who was a fugitive from another jurisdiction where he had committed a very serious offence.

He said Morgan was facing a very substantial period in custody should he return to Northern Ireland.

Mr Justice Edwards said that, having taken all matters in to account, the court was not disposed to grant bail in this case.

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