Monday 25 September 2017

Judge issues warrant for arrest of teenage boy accused of dealing heroin

By Tom Tuite

A JUDGE has issued warrant for the arrest of a teenage boy accused of dealing heroin on a south Dublin street.

The 16-year-old was arrested on February 24 last in the south inner city and arrested for possessing a supply of heroin for sale or supply to another. He was due to appear at the Dublin Children's Court today but did not turn up although his mother came and said he refused to attend.

The value of the drugs allegedly seized was not stated and Garda Robert Gilbert said the teenager had made no reply when he was charged last month.

He also said the DPP had directed “summary disposal” meaning the case is to stay in the juvenile court and not be sent to the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

Judge Ann Ryan, after hearing that the boy would not come to court, issued a bench warrant to have him arrested.

The court heard that the teen had a drug addiction and it was not the first time he had not turned up to face charges.

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