Friday 21 October 2016

Girl (17) 'under controlling influence of older man' to be placed at secure unit for troubled teens

Aodhan O'Faolain & Ray Managh

Published 05/09/2016 | 11:27

Domestic violence victim (Photo posed)
Domestic violence victim (Photo posed)

A 17 year old girl who is at high risk of being subjected to domestic violence requires to be placed in a secure unit for trouble teens, the High Court has head.

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At the High Court Ms Justice Mary Faherty, after being informed of the Child and Family Agency's very serious concern about the teen's welfare, made orders placing the girl at the secure facility in Dublin, well away from her current location.

The judge heard the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has a difficult family background and had been in various care placements which had not worked out.

She has been in the care of the CFA for some time.

Recently, she had come under the controlling influence of an older male who the court heard had assaulted her on several occasions.  She had also been abusing alcohol and drugs, the court heard.

Arising out of fears for her wellbeing the CFA, represented by Barry O'Donnell Bl, secured a temporary High Court order allowing it to place the young woman at a secure unit for troubled teens in Dublin.

The order was secured on an ex-parte basis.

At the centre, the teen will be given access to the care and counselling services she requires, counsel said.  Also it would allow her to escape from the influence of the violent older male, counsel said.

The judge also made an order appointing a legal guardian to the teen.

Counsel said a number of parties that had come into contact with the girl, including the Gardai, had expressed their concerns about the girl's welfare.

Counsel said the teen had disengaged from services some time ago. She had also in recent months left her non secure placement and had been staying at various locations, including at the older male's residence.

She had been violently assaulted by the male, had suffered injuries requiring medical treatment, and needed to get away from him, which she has been unable to do. Despite being assaulted by him, she had returned to him.

Counsel said the male was using emotional blackmail to ensure she would not leave him.

The judge, who said she was satisfied to make the orders sought by the CFA, adjourned the case until to September 22nd.  

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