Thursday 14 December 2017

Teen accused of threatening social worker awaits DPP directions

Tom Tuite

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy accused of threatening to slit his social worker's throat during an alleged death threat, has been remanded on continuing bail pending directions from the DPP.

The woman, who is employed by the HSE, was threatened and prevented from getting out of her car during the alleged incident which went on for 30 to 40 minutes, the Dublin Children's Court has already heard.

The boy had initially been refused bail at that court after he had been charged with criminal damage to the social worker's car and threatening to kill or cause her serious harm, in Dublin city-centre, on April 16.

However the boy was later granted bail in the High Court.

Yesterday at the Children's Court, Judge Ann Ryan remanded the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, to appear again in four weeks for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

Earlier Garda Kieran O'Rourke had told told the city's juvenile court that the boy repeatedly made serious threats against the woman, who had been assigned to work with the teen for the past two years.

Gda O'Rourke had said it was alleged the boy had been a passenger in her car and caused it substantial damage. The court has already heard claims that the boy kicked a wing mirror off the vehicle and caused damage to the passenger side door to such an extent that it would not open.

“The accused is alleged to have stated on more than one occasion that he would slit the injured party's throat, and go to her place of employment and slit her throat and her colleague's throat,” the court had also been told.

The garda had said the social worker was in fear; she was prevented from calling the emergency services but managed to send a text message to a colleague saying she needed assistance and could not get out of her car.

Gda O'Rourke had been on patrol when he was flagged down by a member of the public who reported that a woman was being held in the vehicle. He had said that when he arrived he found the boy was outside at the driver's door, and he found the woman “crying, shaking in a highly distressed manner”.

The court had also been told that after the boy arrest he was still volatile and made threats against the social worker as well as her co-workers.

“She stated that she is in immediate fear for her safety,” the garda had also told the judge at the boy's first court appearance on April 17.

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