A 22-year-old Cookstown man has appeared before Omagh Magistrates Court on a charge of child abduction.
A Detective Constable told the court that the 14-year-old girl was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday morning and the defendant Dylan James Colvin of Castlecourt was also reported missing by his family.
Both returned around midnight on Sunday evening.
Bearded Colgan, who was brought to the dock by two prison officers, nodded and replied ‘Yes’ when the charge was put to him.
He is currently on police bail in respect of a similar offence involving the girl. At the time of that alleged offence she was age 13.
Police opposed bail and said they both admitted being together and stated there are “ongoing concerns that he may have committed a sexual offence with the child”.
He also told the court that the girl is “very problematic” and has been receiving help from Social Services.
The detective stated that he has breached a “child abduction notice order” and the chances of him not breaching it again are “very slim”.
Defence barrister Joe McCann said there was discussion regarding whether the accused would require an “appropriate adult” to be present during police interview.
The detective responded, “Police came to the conclusion he is at an age like teenagers might be. He is borderline needing the presence of an appropriate adult.”
The court was also told the girl has not made a statement, been uncooperative and abusive towards police.
The detective added. “It is not all him doing the running, she is running too but she is a child and he is the adult here.”
Mr McCann offered a bail address for his client well away from Cookstown where the girl resides.
District Judge Bernie Kelly said, “He has to understand he is 22 and she’s a child. The charge is a serious criminal offence, irrespective of
what else has gone on.”
She gave Colgan the option of moving the bail application to Dungannon Magistrates Court tomorrow (Wednesday) and said the Health Trust need to do more regarding the girl as she can be “forced to take part in assessments” regarding her behaviour.
Colgan was remanded into custody will appear before Dungannon Court by videolink on Wednesday (14).
Posted: 4:57 pm February 13, 2018