Tuesday 24 April 2018

Teen boy (15) charged with burglary of elderly woman's (90) home

The Children's Court in Dublin
The Children's Court in Dublin

Tom Tuite

A teenage boy charged with burglary at the home of a 90-year-old woman has been further remanded in custody pending a hearing to determine his trial venue.

The boy, 15, appeared before Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court today.

The teenager had been arrested after gardai commenced an investigation into a report of a burglary at the home of an elderly woman in Dun Laoghaire in the early hours of April 6.

No plea has been entered.

The teen, who cannot be named because he is a juvenile, was originally charged with possessing stolen property: a ladies watch, a half-eternity ring with flat diamond on a gold band and a full gold eternity ring and a four stone-diamond ring.

However, that was later substituted with a burglary charge and Judge O'Connor was told today that the DPP has recommended his case should forward to the circuit court which has tougher sentencing powers.

However, the defence intend to make submissions under the Children Act pleading for the case to be kept in the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

The Children's Court can accept jurisdiction for a serious offence, which would normally go to a higher court, by taking into consideration the age and level of maturity of a defendant as well as any other factors deemed to be relevant.

Today the prosecution were ordered to provide the defence with copies of their evidence ahead of the pre-trial hearing which is set to take place on June 25 next.

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