A 17-YEAR-OLD boy is to face Circuit Court trial accused of helping to steal €5,200 from a Dublin pensioner who was allegedly tricked into believing his attic was flooded.
The boy had been charged with at the Dublin Children's Court with theft from an infirm 79-year-old widower, at his home on Ballyfermot Parade, in west Dublin on October 8 last.
Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin held that the case was too serious to be dealt with in juvenile court and should go forward to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.
The teenager, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, was remanded on continuing bail pending the preparation of a book of evidence.
The juvenile court has heard claims that a 24-year-old man, who is also facing prosecution, and the teen had entered the elderly man's home after telling him there had been reports of a leak in his attic that needed to be fixed.
It would be alleged the man removed insulation from the pensioner's attic and wet it in the bathroom of the house.
The court has heard that was no evidence of any burst pipes in the attic and a piece of insulation had been found in a bath in the widower's house.
The elderly man felt threatened and has been left in an extremely distressed state.
Det-Gda Jason Miley had said that it was alleged the teenager blocked him and his colleague from entering the house. The front door lock had to be forced by gardai and the pair were allegedly found in the kitchen of the 79-year-old man's house.