Monday 19 February 2018

Lock up my 'little gangster' (14) mum begs judge

The Children's Court in Dublin
The Children's Court in Dublin

Tom Tuite

An outraged mother today told a judge that her 14-year-old son is turning into a 'little gangster' and she begged for him to be locked up.

Her son is facing a litany of charges including assault causing harm to a security guard, shoplifting thefts and public order offences, but would not get out of bed to come to his hearing, at the Dublin Children's Court.

However, his mother turned up and explained to Judge John O'Connor that her family all agree that her son should be sent to a detention centre.

“My family have been saying for a couple of months to put him in custody,” she said.

“He is walking around the street and I'm sick of him, I'm a good mother, a caring mother, I love my son,” she said.

“He's walking around with people who think they are in gangland,” she said, adding, “he's becoming a little gangster”.

She told the court her son needed to spend some weeks in a detention centre and she suspects he is on drugs and she fear, “I'll find him dead”.

“Maybe I'm not explaining myself properly,” she told Judge O'Connor who reassured her by saying, “you are”. He then issued a bench warrant for gardai to arrest the teen and get him back before the court.

The south Dublin teenager faces 12 charges for offences allegedly committed in April and May but has not yet entered a plea.

He is accused of assault causing harm to a security man, stealing groceries on five dates, being intoxicated to such an extent he was a danger to himself and others on two dates, resisting arrest, not complying with a garda's direction under the Public Order Act and two counts of breach of the peace.

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