Sunday 25 August 2019

Boy (15) caught with €5k worth of heroin remanded in custody after breaching curfew

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Tom Tuite

A 15-year-old boy who went “gallivanting” in Limerick while he was awaiting sentencing for possessing more than €5,000 worth of heroin has been remanded in custody.

Defence solicitor Aonghus McCarthy told the court today that the boy was subject to a care order. He had been in a special care facility in Limerick and then moved to a “step-down placement”.

The court heard he stayed there four days a week and on the other days he went to his family.

The solicitor said that when school finished for summer the boy “went gallivanting in Limerick and breached curfew”.

The curfew, common in juvenile cases, was a condition of bail.

On January 26 the boy - from Munster and now aged 16 - pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court to possessing heroin for the purpose of sale or supply.

The value of the heroin - recovered after the boy was brought to Store Street Garda Station in Dublin - was €5,400, the court has heard.

The teen’s bail was revoked after he broke his bail conditions

His bail was initially revoked last week. However, he did not oppose the garda application then.

This means he can still apply for bail again.

A pre-sentence probation report has been ordered and should be ready next month.

Judge Bernadette Owens further remanded the boy in custody to appear again in two weeks.

The teenager, who did not address the court, had no prior criminal convictions, the court was told.

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