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Judge sorry for jailing teen who swore at him

A DISTRICT judge has apologised to a 15-year-old boy he locked up for a week after the boy told him to "f*** off".

Judge Anthony Halpin told the boy: "I didn't pay particular sensitivity to the fact you had lost your mother and your father is unwell."

The boy, with an address in Tallaght, had pleaded guilty to trespass offences, public order offences and careless driving and other offences in Tallaght.

After the boy told him to "f*** off", Judge Halpin remanded him in custody to Tallaght garda station until a bed in Oberstown became available.

The boy's solicitor, Kevin Tunney, produced a letter of apology for the judge. After reading it, Judge Halpin said he had been "a little harsh" in placing him in custody.

He released the boy on his own bail of €10 and adjourned the case for a month.

Irish Independent