Saturday 23 September 2017

Dublin teen sent forward for trial accused of part in armed raid at Ladbrokes betting shop

Ladbrokes (Stock photo) Photo: PA
Ladbrokes (Stock photo) Photo: PA

Tom Tuite

A Dublin youth has been sent forward for trial accused of taking part in an armed raid at a betting shop.

The boy, 17, is charged with robbery at Ladbrokes, at Ninth Locks Road, Clondalkin, Dublin on July 23 last year and unlawful possession of a firearm on the same date.

He appeared at the Dublin Children's Court where he was served with a book of evidence.

He had already faced a preliminary hearing to determine if his case would be heard there or instead go forward to the Circuit Court which has tougher sentencing powers.

After viewing CCTV evidence and hearing a summary of the prosecution evidence, Judge John O'Connor had refused jurisdiction. He held that the case was too serious and should go to the higher court.

The court had heard it was alleged an adult accomplice entered the bookmakers holding a firearm. It was claimed he was with the defendant, then aged 16, who allegedly held the shop door open for him.

Some €77 was taken after a female employee fled into an office and the teen's alleged accomplice took the the money from the till before the pair made off, the court was told.

The teenager was served with a book of evidence and Judge John O’Connor made an order that he was being returned for trial to the next term of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. He will face his next hearing in October and has not yet indicated how he will plead.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was warned he must obey a curfew from 10pm to 6am daily at his home. Legal aid was granted.

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