A 16-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy has been remanded in custody after being charged with robbing shops three days in row.
The boy made no reply when he was charged with robbery of €600 from a Londis on North King Street, in Dublin on February 22 and €200 from the same shop two days later. He is accused of robbing €180 from a Spar in Dublin 8, on February 23.
The teenager, who has not indicated how he will plead, was held for questioning by gardaí following his arrest yesterday.
He appeared at the Dublin Children's Court today to face his charges and a Garda objection to bail.
Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said there are concerns for the teen's safety and he has never been in custody before.
The boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, was granted legal aid and remanded in custody by Judge John O'Connor.
He will appear again next week; meanwhile a file is to be sent to the DPP for directions which will help determine whether the boy's case should stay in the juvenile court or instead be sent to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.