Friday 23 March 2018

Boy (16) charged over armed robbery refused bail

Boy (16) charged over armed robbery refused bail
Boy (16) charged over armed robbery refused bail

Tom Tuite

A 16-year-old boy charged over an armed burglary at a Dublin bookmakers has been refused bail.

The boy appeared at the Dublin Children's Court charged with burglary at at Boylesports on Main Street in Swords on Monday (FEB 9).

Judge John O'Connor heard that specialist negotiators were called out when the teenager and a co-defendant, who was allegedly had a gun, refused to come down off a roof.

Objecting to bail due to the seriousness of the offence, Garda Conor Tumbleton told Judge O'Connor it was alleged the boy and a co-defendant were discovered after the alarm activated. They fled the bookmakers and got onto the roof of an adjacent building and refused to come down.

Garda negotiators from Harcourt Square station were called out and after five hours the pair agreed to come down. CCTV from the bookmakers showed the co-accused had a gun which was later recovered from the roof, said Gda Tumbleton.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified, was accompanied to court by his lawyer and care workers from his accommodation.

Judge O'Connor remanded the boy in custody to appear again next week.

An 18-year-old man is also facing prosecution on the same charge and has been granted bail to appear again in May for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

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