Tuesday 17 October 2017

Boy (15) on drugs pointed gun at teacher, court told

Colette Browne

Colette Browne

AN armed schoolboy who was drunk and on LSD broke into a school and threatened to kill the vice-principal, a court heard.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, set off the alarm when he broke into Wexford Vocational College. Vice-principal Patrick Lacey responded to the alarm call during the early hours of August 14 and went to the school grounds, on Spawell Road, to investigate.

As Mr Lacey walked around the perimeter of the building, he saw the teenager, carrying an iron bar and a handgun, climbing out of a window.

"(The youth) threatened to kill him with a gun in one hand and an iron bar in the other. Mr Lacey was terrified; he was in fear of his life," Garda Ian Doyle told the children's court in Wexford.

Gda Doyle said Mr Lacey was able to identify the accused when gardai responded to reports of a burglary at the secondary school. The officer said he looked behind a wall on Lower Abbey Street and saw the teenager lying on the ground with the gun in his hand.

"He was lying on the ground. The gun was still in his hand and there were three laptop bags around his neck. He was extremely intoxicated and I disarmed him.

Wept

"He told me that he was high on LSD at the time of the offence," said Gda Doyle.

The schoolboy's family, who accompanied him in court, wept as details of the case were revealed. The 15-year-old is charged with threatening to kill Mr Lacey and with theft at the Vocational College on August 14.

He is further charged with a public order offence on Lower Abbey Street on the same date, and with stealing a bicycle on Barrack Street on August 8.

Gardai had been instructed to deal with the case at the district court sitting but Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla refused to accept jurisdiction and sent the case back to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will now decide if the teenager will face trial in a higher court. The case was adjourned until January 17.

Irish Independent

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