Sunday 24 September 2017

Boy (15) stopped carrying crossbow on street in west Dublin suburb, court hears

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGE boy has appeared in court charged with unlawfully possessing a crossbow after gardaí spotted him carrying it on a Dublin street.

The 16-year-old boy was before the Dublin Children's Court today charged with two offences under the Firearms Act for possessing the weapon and carrying it without authorisation.

He was allegedly caught with it in a west Dublin suburb, on a date in June last year and made his first appearance at the juvenile court today.

Garda Sergeant Finian Dempsey showed Judge John O'Connor a picture of the weapon as he said it was alleged that the boy, then aged 15, “was walking down the street with this in his hand”.

He also added that the crossbow had no string, was not capable of firing and the teenager was co-operative.

Judge O'Connor ordered disclosure of the prosecution's evidence and ordered the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his parents, to appear again later this month when he will be expected to enter a plea.

“What happened there?” the boy said as he walked out of the courtroom behind his lawyer. Legal aid was also granted to the teenager.

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