Tuesday 18 December 2018

Boy (13) 'armed with wooden bat tried to mug detective garda' - court hears

Dublin Children's Court
Dublin Children's Court

Tom Tuite

A THEN 13-year-old boy has been charged with trying to mug a detective garda while armed with a wooden club.

The boy, now aged 14, appeared at the Dublin Children’s Court on Thursday facing two offences.

He is accused of possessing a wooden stick capable of causing injury while attempting to rob a pizza delivery man, at a location in north Dublin on a date in November last year. He also has a charge for attempted robbery of a detective garda during the same incident.

In an outline of the allegations, Garda Paul Kennedy told Judge John O’Connor that the boy was arrested for attempted robbery of a detective garda. It was also alleged the boy had a small wooden bat on him at the time.

When detained he made admissions, the court heard.

The boy was accompanied to court by his mother and his barrister.

Legal aid was granted and an order for disclosure of prosecution evidence was made. The judge asked the garda to provide clarity on why the proceedings had not been brought at an earlier stage when he was still under the age of 14 which requires special directions from the DPP.

The boy was ordered to appear again in January.

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