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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Judge orders arrest of parents for no show at hearing of son (16)

A JUDGE has ordered the arrest of the parents of a suspected teenage burglar for not coming to his court hearing.

The 16-year-old boy, who was remanded in custody, was charged at the Dublin Children's Court today with burglary at a house at Kingswood Heights in Tallaght on Wednesday. He is also accused of possessing a screwdriver for use in the course of a burglary.



Garda Kevin King told Judge Ann Ryan that after the teenager had been arrested and brought to Tallaght Garda station, his parents were contacted by telephone. “No one was willing to attend the station or look after him,” the garda said.



A peace commissioner had to be called to be present when the boy was charged, after which he made no reply.



Garda King also said there is confusion as to where the boy's parents live; defence counsel Aoife McNickle said they moved around a lot.



The 2001 Children's Act states a parent or guardian must attend the proceedings of a juvenile unless they have been excused.



Judge Ryan issued a warrant for the arrest of the parents. The teenager was remanded in custody to appear at a sitting of Tallaght Children's Court next Wednesday.



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