Sunday 11 December 2016

Teen charged with manslaughter to transfer to another school under bail terms

Tom Shiel

Published 22/12/2015 | 13:04

Dovydas Jenkus (17) was killed at a house party in Claremorris
Dovydas Jenkus (17) was killed at a house party in Claremorris

A secondary school student charged with manslaughter is to transfer to another school from the New Year under the terms of a set of bail conditions imposed by Judge Mary Devins at Ballina District Court today.

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The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged on Sunday with the unlawful killing of a Lithuanian, Dovydas Jenkas (17) at Claremount Estate, Claremorris, in the early hours of Saturday last.

At a special court on Sunday, Judge Devins remanded the accused on bail to Ballina District Court today on a number of conditions. These bail terms were revisited today by the Judge.

The question of the whether the accused should continue attending his old secondary school and the 'security' issues that might be involved were dealt with at today's court.

Evan O'Dwyer, solicitor, said that on behalf of the accused he had made a formal application to another secondary school for a transfer and a decision on that application is pending.

Judge Devins said the "unusual set of circumstances" involved were causing her concern and she wondered that given the 'enforced intimacy' of a school situation were there any risks involved.

Detective Sergeant James Carroll, who arrested the accused in Claremorris on Sunday and later charged him, said he was satisfied the situation was confined to two people and he didn't think there was a risk involved to anybody else.

Supt Joe Doherty applied for a remand on bail to February 16 for the preparation of the Book of Evidence and to allow the DPP consider further charges.

Under the bail conditions, the accused's mother, who again accompanied him in court today, must furnish a cash bail of €5,000, both the accused and his mother must surrender their passports, the accused must reside with his mother and obey a curfew between the hours of 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. and must sign on thrice weekly at Claremorris Garda Stations.

The accused must also make himself available at all times to gardai during his curfew periods and must not make no contact with the family of the accused or any witnesses.

The Judge also ordered that the accused refrain from making any comments on social media about any aspects of the case.

Mr. O' Dwyer explained that another family member - not the accused - had commented on social media about the matter but all Facebook accounts had now been disabled.

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