Tuesday 16 January 2018

Homeless boy held at own request

Tom Tuite

A YOUTH has been held in a detention centre at his own request because he could not attend meetings with his probation officer due to his family being made homeless.

The teenager was awaiting sentencing at the Dublin Children's Court for obstructing a garda at his previous temporary accommodation where he had lived with his family, as well as theft of an I-phone.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the 17-year-old, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother had not been able to attend meetings with his probation officer, who is drafting a pre-sentence report.

The lawyer said this was due to his family's current housing problems and which has left them in “dire straits” and recently they have moved again and are living temporarily with friends.

“He feels that the pressure fell into other areas including attending probation appointments,” he said, adding that the boy now wished to go into custody because he could not abide by the court's order.

Judge Walsh said he was “loath to make such an order” but he noted the teenager, who did not address the court, was unable to comply with bail conditions.

The teen was remanded in custody for one week.

The judge asked the boy's mother if she had anything to say at which she shook her head and quietly said “No”.

Judge Walsh also asked for the HSE to be represented at the case when it resumes on October 23.

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