Friday 15 December 2017

'Kidnapped schoolgirl found in car on M1', court told

The Children's Court, Smithfield
The Children's Court, Smithfield

Tom Tuite

A youth will face Circuit Court trial accused of false imprisonment of a teenage girl after the judge ruled the case was too serious to be dealt with in the Children's Court.

The schoolgirl was forced into a car in Dublin and driven away, but after witnesses raised the alarm gardai gave chase and eventually intercepted the vehicle and arrested the boy (17) along with another male on the M1 in Dublin on November 10.

Following a preliminary hearing, Judge John O'Connor believed the case to be worthy of the Circuit Court - before judge and jury - rather than the Children's Court, as the former can impose tougher sentences.

During the hearing, Judge O'Connor was shown CCTV evidence and given an outline of the prosecution evidence.

Forced

The footage showed the schoolgirl being approached by another female and brought to a car parked nearby, where she was forced into vehicle by two males.

Witnesses alleged they saw a struggle and heard screams, before following the car and contacting gardai, who apprehended it on the M1 in Dublin.

The teen was further remanded in custody pending the preparation of evidence and gardai plan to object to legal aid as they claim the boy's family have "significant means".

His co-defendant (17), is on bail and is due to appear at the Children's Court in January for a ruling on his trial venue.

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