Tuesday 6 December 2016

Youth in care 'hijacked car and beat men in robbery'

Robin Schiller

Published 24/03/2016 | 08:24

Oberstown detention centre. Photo: Fintan Clarke Photography
Oberstown detention centre. Photo: Fintan Clarke Photography

A REPEAT youth offender who was staying in a care home is believed to be behind a violent hijacking during which two young men were viciously beaten and robbed.

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The 16-year-old, who is currently facing charges for a separate assault, attacked the two teenagers after escaping from a care home late last month.

A source described how the youth, who was on bail at the time for a serious assault, simply "walked out" of the residence in the Midlands before hijacking a vehicle.

The young offender forced his two terrified victims - who are both aged 19 - to drive him around the county for several hours before eventually demanding that they pull over.

He then proceeded to launch a violent attack on the two men before robbing them. His whereabouts were unknown for several weeks, but gardai eventually tracked him to Co Limerick where he was arrested.

The youth was already facing charges following a violent assault on a foreign national on a Luas tram in the capital.

The incident occurred after the teenager had absconded from the Oberstown detention centre along with three other youths in July of last year.

He was re-captured a number of days later and returned to Oberstown to finish his sentence.

Since his release he had been out on bail for the Luas assault, and was staying in the care home when the alleged hijacking occurred.

Sources said the teenager is expected to face charges in relation to the unauthorised taking of a vehicle.

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The security at the Oberstown facility was under scrutiny last July after another four juveniles managed to escape Ireland's only child detention centre.

One youth was immediately caught and detained, while another two teens were captured a short time later. However, one of the youths managed to evade arrest for a number of months.

The Herald previously revealed how the now 17-year-old boasted on his social media page while on the run.

In one Facebook post, the youth posed for a picture with the words 'Straight Outta Oberstown' written across the image.

He was eventually caught by gardai in October after they searched an address in the Blanchardstown area.

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