Tuesday 20 March 2018

Boy (15) remanded on bail over Dublin car-jacking

A taxi driver was robbed at knifepoint
A taxi driver was robbed at knifepoint

Tom Tuite

A 15-year-old boy, who allegedly held a meat cleaver to a taxi-driver's throat during a car-jacking in Dublin, has been remanded on continuing bail pending directions from the DPP.

Gardai arrested the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, after a taxi driver (36), was robbed at knife-point and his BMW car was seized in Terenure in the early hours of May 18.

The teenager, who is in care, was charged with three offences in connection with the hijacking: robbery of an i-Phone 4, worth €400, its charger and €25 in coins; producing a meat cleaver-type knife; and theft of the taxi.

On May 19, at the Dublin Children's Court, Judge John O'Connor granted conditional bail to the teenager after hearing submissions from defence counsel Aoife McNickle.

The boy had "made no reply after caution" when the charges were put to him and he appeared again at the city's juvenile court yesterday.

The boy, who has not yet entered a plea to the charges, was accompanied to the hearing by his mother, lawyer and representatives of the Child & Family Agency.

There was no evidence of breach of bail and the boy was remanded on continuing bail by Judge O'Connor to appear again next week for the DPP's directions to be obtained.

The teenager has been warned that it is a condition of bail that he must continue residing in his current placement otherwise he could be remanded in custody to a juvenile detention centre.

Irish Independent

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