Saturday 20 January 2018

Prosecution of youth accused of throwing bricks and stones withdrawn

Tom Tuite

THE PROSECUTION of a youth, who was accused of throwing bricks and stones at gardai when rioting broke out during the Queen's visit to Dublin in May last year, has been withdrawn.

Protesters and rioters clashed with gardai during the state visit when the Queen was about to visit the Garden of Remembrance in the city-centre.

In December, the 17-year-old boy made his first court appearance on charges connected to the violence.

The teenager was accused of a breach of the peace, at Dorset Street, in the city centre, on May 17 last year.

He was also accused of failing to leave the scene when cautioned.

His third charge was under offensive weapons legislation for throwing bricks and stones at gardai on the same date.

The court had been told earlier that there was extensive footage in the case but today Judge Ann Ryan agreed to a request by the prosecution to withdraw and strike out the case.

The teenager was not present for the application today.

The court has already heard that he had mental health difficulties related to substance abuse; he is also awaiting trial at the Children's Court for a separate offence.

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