Wednesday 26 April 2017

Teenage theft boy asks to be detained after appearance in court

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGE boy described as needing "proper structure" was held in custody at his own request today after he appeared in court accused of stealing a phone.

The 16-year-old said “I did not do it” when he was charged with stealing an iPhone in Ballymun, in north Dublin on November 13, the Children's Court heard today.

Judge Patrick Clyne was told that it was not alleged the boy used violence in the theft and gardai were looking for bail conditions to be set.

However, defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, was looking to “forfeit his right to bail” meaning he wanted to be held in custody.

Judge Clyne said the teen was entitled to bail but the defence lawyer said the boy was firm in his instructions.

Gardai have had a meeting with the boy's social worker and probation officer and plans are being made to send him to residential centre to help troubled youths. “They think that will give him proper structure, but that's not available 'till January,” a garda told Judge Clyne.

The boy, has not yet entered a plea to his charge, but the mumbled briefly in court of his desire to be sentenced.

Judge Clyne remanded him in custody to a juvenile detention centre to appear again later this week. The boy hugged and kissed his mother just before he was led from the courtroom.

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