Friday 9 December 2016

Teen boy held in St Patrick's

Published 29/10/2015 | 02:30

The teenager was waiting for a space in Oberstown youth detention centre
The teenager was waiting for a space in Oberstown youth detention centre

A teenage Vietnamese boy was held at St Patrick's Institute in Dublin for five days despite the fact that it was supposed to close over two years ago.

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An Irish Prison Service spokesperson confirmed that the youth, who was held after being arrested during a raid on a cannabis grow house, was housed at the facility while waiting for a space in Oberstown youth detention centre.

"He was taken into custody on October 23 and was placed in St Pat's because Oberstown was full," a spokesperson said.

The controversial institute, which was used to house young offenders between the ages of 17 and 21, has been in the limelight in the past for various human right issues.

The spokesperson added: "He then appeared before the courts on October 27 where he was charged. He was then remanded to Oberstown following the appearance."

"This would be an extremely rare occurrence and has only happened on one other occasion since 2012 or 2013" he added.

It has been revealed that an Irish 16-year-old was detained in the facility earlier this year.

Eoin Carroll of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice said the move was "clearly a backward step in progress being made to end the detention of under 18s in prison, and in outdated St Patrick's."

Irish Independent

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