Wednesday 17 January 2018

Man allegedly took boy with Down Syndrome (6) away in buggy on busy street

Liffey Street in Dublin city centre, close to where the incident allegedly occurred
Liffey Street in Dublin city centre, close to where the incident allegedly occurred

Andrew Phelan

A MAN has been accused of taking a six-year-old boy with Down Syndrome away in his buggy when the child became separated from his family on a busy Dublin city centre shopping street.

David Ryan (27), allegedly pushed the buggy off with the child inside, took food from the boy's hand and ate it before leaving him alone by the side of the road.

Dublin District Court heard it was alleged that the boy, who cannot communicate by speaking, was found by a security guard, who took responsibility for him.

Mr Ryan, himself a father-of-two, is charged with falsely imprisoning the boy in the alleged incident yesterday afternoon.

He was refused bail by Judge William Hamill and remanded in custody for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The defendant, with an address at Foxdene Avenue, Clondalkin, is charged with one count of falsely imprisoning the boy at Liffey Street in the city centre yesterday, June 11.

The charge is under Section 15 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Garda Elaine Holmes told the court she arrested the defendant at 5.30pm yesterday and brought him to Store Street Garda Station.

He made no reply to the charge after caution.

She objected to bail, citing the nature and degree of the allegations.

“It is alleged that he physically took the child who was in a buggy and pushed it across the road,” she said.

She said it was further alleged that the defendant took food from the boy’s hand and ate it before searching the buggy, then leaving the child alone by the side of the road.

Garda Holmes told the court the boy has Down Syndrome and cannot communicate by speaking.

“He requires extensive care by a person who is aware of his disability and needs,” she said.

A security guard took responsibility for the child when he realised he was on his own.

Garda Holmes said the DPP is directing trial on indictment. This means the case will be sent for trial by judge and jury to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Defence Barrister Donal Pattison applied for bail on Mr Ryan’s behalf.

The court heard Mr Ryan has two children including one who is three weeks old.

Mr Pattison said the accused was in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend. He could reside at her address if granted bail, he said.

Garda Holmes said she believed the defendant was no longer with his girlfriend and was homeless.

Mr Pattison said the accused was still with his girlfriend and the family unit was dependent on his social welfare payments.

“I don’t think I have any option in this matter,” Judge Hamill said, refusing bail.

He remanded the defendant in custody, to appear again in Cloverhill District Court on June 19. He said Mr Ryan should receive medical treatment in custody if required.

The defendant, who wore a navy top with a “Premium Quality” logo, blue jeans and brown runners did not address the court.

He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

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