Saturday 7 December 2019

Judge orders arrest of teenager accused of carrying ‘punching tool’ as weapon

Tom Tuite

A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest a youth charged with possessing a tool used for punching holes in a wall as a weapon.

The 17-year-old, who had been granted bail last month, was due to appear again at the Dublin Children's Court today to enter pleas to his charges. However, he did not turn up and Judge John Coughlan issued a bench warrant for him to be arrested and brought to court.

Last month, the court had heard that the teenager was originally arrested for breach of the peace and being intoxicated in public.

Garda Paul Oakes had said that on a date in January last year he had responded to a complaint in relation to a group of youths. He had said the 17-year-old boy was “highly intoxicated and abusive to members of the public and gardaí.”

The teenager, who has been taking part in a training course and was granted legal aid last month, had been brought to a north Dublin garda station where he was searched and allegedly found in possession of a “puncher” in one of his pockets.

Gda Oakes had said that the tool was normally used for punching holes in walls.

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