Tuesday 26 September 2017

Warrant out for youth who threatened his family with knife and then told garda he would kill his father

TOM TUITE

A JUDGE has ordered the arrest of a Dublin youth who brandished a knife while threatening to kill members of his family.

Christopher Warburton (19) from McKee Park has pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to making a threat to kill while producing a knife, at his home address, on January 21 last year.

He has also admitted a connected charge for making a threat to an officer at a Dublin Garda station that he would kill or cause serious harm to his own father.

He was juvenile at the time of the row but has since reached adulthood; a probation report had been sought at a previous stage and the youth was due to appear again at the Children's Court today for sentencing.

However, Judge John O'Connor issued a bench warrant for his arrest after he failed to come to court.

Earlier, Garda Emmett Brannigan had told Judge O'Connor that during the incident the youth “had a knife in his hand, a large knife, and was threatening to kill members of his family”.

The teenager was arrested in the front garden of his family's home and later while in Garda custody “threatened that he was going to kill his father.”

The youth had no prior criminal convictions and had later moved to live with other relatives who had offered him a place to stay.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble had said there was a history of domestic difficulties within the family which has led to a “lot of hurt and anger on all sides”.

He had also said the teenager accepted that he had been involved in the row and that he had “taken a knife from the kitchen to his family”.

The lawyer has also asked the court to note that the youth did not have substance misuse problems, still has the support of a number of his family members and is still in touch with his father.

The teenager is also making efforts to get onto an educational course and there have been no further outbreaks of violent incidents, the defence lawyer had also told the court at an earlier stage.

The youth has also entered a guilty plea to a connected witness intimidation charge. Gda Brannigan had said that on March 27 , the teen threatened his mother to withdraw her complaint in relation to the earlier dispute.

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