Thursday 18 January 2018

Mother weeps in court and asks judge to detain teenage son

Tom Tuite

A MOTHER wept in court today as she asked a judge to detain her teenage son who claims his life is under threat.

The 15-year-old had been charged at the Children's Court on Wednesday with resisting arrest and motor theft, which allegedly occurred in Dublin city, on a date last month.

His case had been adjourned for directions from the DPP to be obtained and the teen was also ordered to obey an 8pm to 8am curfew at his home address. He was also warned that he had to remain sober.

Today he was brought back to court for breaking these bail terms.

The teen's mother took the stand and once she was sworn in she told Judge Kevin Staunton that after she left court on Wednesday she did not see her son again until 5am today. Choking back tears she said: “I don't know where he was.

“I cannot lie, I am swearing on the bible son, I don't want to be doing this to you son”.

She said her son needed to be held in custody adding that he was not going to school due to “a threat on his life”.

She also said that she has ended up facing a prosecution because her son has not been going to school but said “I am trying my best”.

Mumbling, the teen said he did not want his mother to lie in court but asked why he should be held in custody adding: “to look at four walls?”.

Judge Staunton revoked the bail saying the teen had left the court no other option and said he appreciated that the mother was doing her best in a difficult situation.

He told the boy who will appear again next week that he could relax in custody and “not have that threat”.

“You go and there and look at four walls,” the teen replied to the judge.

The mother, who was still in tears, hugged her son and told him she loved him before he was taken from the courtroom to await transfer to a juvenile detention centre.

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