A 14-YEAR-OLD boy facing burglary charges fled from a courthouse in Dublin today minutes before his hearing was about to begin.
The teenager has been charged at the Children's Court with burglary of a community centre in south Dublin in March and another burglary at a house in the city's south-side in July.
He is also facing a charge for breach of the peace and another for criminal damage to a Garda car.
He is currently residing in accommodation provided by the HSE and was accompanied to the courthouse by his mother, a social worker and staff from the facility where he has been living for the past three months.
Defence solicitor Gareth Noble explained to Judge Patrick Clyne that the boy had gone off with another youth shortly before the case was called.
He also asked the judge not to issue a bench warrant for the boy's arrest explaining that directions from the DPP in relation to the case were not yet available. He said that special directions were needed as to whether the prosecution is to proceed because the boy was under the age of 14 years at the time of the alleged offences.
Judge Clyne noted that the case would not have been ready to proceed if the boy had been present.
He was also assured that when gardai found the teenager they would return him immediately to his current accommodation.
Judge Clyne decided not to issue the warrant and adjourned the case in the boy's absence. The teen's next hearing will take place in the New Year when the court will learn whether or not the State will proceed with the case.