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Teen beats train arson rap

A DUBLIN youth, who denied causing €1,500 worth of damages during an arson on a DART train, had his case thrown out today because CCTV evidence was not playable.

The 17-year-old had been charged at the Children's Court with causing damage by fire to a Dart train carriage at Kilbarrack station, on September 7 last. He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was to go on trial at the juvenile court.

The youth turned up for his hearing accompanied by his father but Judge Ann Ryan was told that due to a software problem with the prosecution's CCTV evidence the footage could not be played.

Solicitor John Quinn, for the boy, argued that the case should be thrown out and submitted that the teen had also brought defence witnesses for his trial.

Judge Ryan struck out the case.

At an earlier stage the court had heard that it would be alleged that the boy “set fire to pieces of paper on a train causing extensive damage to seats”.