Tuesday 12 December 2017

Boy ordered to obey curfew after he was accused of stealing

Tom Tuite

A JUDGE has ordered a 14-year-old boy to obey a curfew after he was accused of stealing property from a boat moored at Malahide Marina in north Dublin.

Garda Suzanne Lavin told Judge Michael Coghlan today that the boy made “no reply” when he was charged with stealing a television, a torch, a sea fishing road an a portable heater from a vessel at the marina, on Thursday.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble told Dublin Children's Court that the young boy has been in voluntary care since February.

The teen is living in a residential care home and was accompanied to his hearing by a member of staff from his accommodation.

The defence solicitor said the HSE had concerns about their ability to keep the boy safe; there had been a number of applications to place the teen in a secure childcare facility but they were “turned down”.

Judge Coghlan imposed bail conditions stating that the boy must comply with psychological interventions arranged by the HSE.

He also ordered the teenager, who has not yet entered a plea to the charge, to obey 10pm to 8am curfew at his current care home and remanded him on bail to appear again next month.

The judge also directed gardai to provide the defence with copies of the prosecution's evidence which could include CCTV footage.

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