Friday 6 December 2019

No-show mother stalls teenager's trial

Tom Tuite

THE trial of a youth accused of attacking a prison officer at St Patrick's Institution has been delayed because his mother did not turn up for his hearing.

The 17-year-old boy had pleaded not guilty last year to assaulting prison officer Carl Dineen at the the detention centre for young offenders on July 13 last. He was due to face a hearing at the Dublin Children's Court today and the State was ready to proceed.

However, defence solicitor John Quinn told Judge John O'Connor that the boy's mother was not present.

The 2001 Children's Act states a parent or guardian must attend the proceedings of a juvenile unless they have been excused.

Judge O'Connor adjourned the trial which will take place next month instead.

Four prosecution witnesses are to be called and the trial is expected to last for one hour.

The teenager was further remanded in custody.

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