15-year-old boy is likely to murder if freed on bail, court is told
A 15-year-old Dublin boy has been remanded in custody, charged in connection with an assault on a woman who he allegedly met on an anonymous social media website.
The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was charged during a special sitting of the Dublin Children's Court yesterday with assault under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act and with producing a weapon under Section 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.
During a two-hour hearing at the Criminal Courts of Justice, Judge Brian O'Shea ruled that the youth would not be granted bail after he accepted the testimony of an experienced homicide investigator, Det Garda Daniel Treacy, who told the court he believed that the youth would be "likely to commit murder if released".
"The offence, as it stands, is that the boy (allegedly) engaged the complainant through the Whisper (social media) app and lured her to various abandoned locations, where he choked her to within an inch of her life to the extent that a tear rolled down her face," Judge O'Shea said.
The court heard that the boy and the woman exchanged text messages via the app, before meeting last Saturday in Dún Laoghaire.
Gardaí have obtained CCTV footage from the area, the court was told.
The boy is also alleged to have used a knife to inflict a "lengthy transverse (horizontal) laceration to her neck", the court heard.
The boy sat impassively in the courtroom, with his mother sitting beside him and embracing him. He has no previous convictions and no history of drug addiction or abuse, the court heard.
He was remanded in custody to the Oberstown juvenile detention facility to the next court appearance on January 2.
The alleged victim, meanwhile, remained in a serious condition in hospital last night.
The woman, who is in her 20s and of Malaysian descent, was found near the baths at Queen's Road in Dún Laoghaire around 3.20 on Saturday afternoon.