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Friday 18 April 2014

Teen flasher escapes conviction after apology to garda

A 17-year-old boy has been spared trial for indecently exposing himself twice at the same location in Dublin after he agreed to apologise for his actions.

The schoolboy was facing two counts under Section 18 of the Criminal Law Act 1931 for exposing his penis and urinating “to offend modesty, cause scandal and injure the morals of the community”, in front of people on April 13 and April 28, 2011, at a location in west Dublin.



Defence solicitor Gareth Noble told Dublin Children's Court that there has been a constitutional challenge brought to the High Court in relation to the wording of the type of charge brought against the teen.



Judge Ann Ryan heard that the DPP was consenting to the case being withdrawn provided the boy gave an apology to the garda who arrested him.



Judge Ryan heard that the teen, who was accompanied to court by his father, agreed to say sorry. The case was struck out.



At an earlier stage the court had heard that the alleged incidents happened “at the same location on both occasions” and the boy was aged 15 at the time.

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