Monday 16 September 2019

Teen accused of armed robbery and threats at tea room

Dublin Children's Court
Dublin Children's Court

Tom Tuite

A youth has been charged with armed robbery at a tea room in Dublin city-centre.

The 17-year-old appeared at the Dublin Children’s Court after he was charged in connection with an alleged incident on April 2 last.

He was accused of robbing a female of about €300 and producing a sharp instrument as a weapon at Chewbrew on Aungier Street in Dublin 2.

The teenager was also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the female and another person at the same location.

Chewbrew specialises in bubble tea, ice tea, iced coffee, matcha tea, choux balls and ice cream.

Detective Garda Chris Fitzgerald today told Judge Bernadette Owens at the Dublin Children’s Court that the boy made no reply when charged.

The teen cannot be identified publicly because he is a minor.

Judge Owens was told the Director of Public Prosecutions has recommended that the boy should face trial on indictment.

This means his case could be sent to the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

Judge Owens said a “Section 75” hearing will have to be held to decide the boy’s trial venue.

This part of the Children Act allows the juvenile court accept jurisdiction for a serious offence by taking into account the age and level of maturity of the defendant, as well as other factors deemed relevant.

There was no objection to bail with conditions.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was ordered to sign on three days a week at his local Garda station and to obey a 10pm-8am curfew.

The judge made an order for disclosure of prosecution evidence to the boy’s lawyer.

Legal aid was granted. He will face his next hearing in four weeks.

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