Monday 22 January 2018

Teen denies smashing his mother’s TV with his fist in a rage

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGER has denied smashing his fist through his mother's television “in a rage” and will go on trial later this month at the Dublin Children's Court.

The 16-year-old inner city Dublin boy has been remanded in custody last Monday after he was accused of criminal damage to his mother's 42-inch TV worth about €1,400 at their home on a date last month.

Dublin Children's Court had heard that when he was charged he replied: “I told her a number of times I will buy her a new one, the money is there.”

After spending several days in custody on remand the case resumed and the teenager pleaded not guilty to the charge.

He also denied charges for failing to appear in court, possession of cannabis and public order offences.

Judge Ann Ryan further remanded him in custody pending his juvenile court trial.

Garda Joanne Miles had told Judge Ryan earlier that it was alleged that the boy “put his fist” through his mother's flat screen TV set, “when he was in a rage”. The mother did not come to court to see him charged.

Bail had been refused when another family member who had offered to give him an address told the court that he had two charges for assault and drink driving which he said are under appeal.

The man had offered to stand bail saying he would supervise the teen and help try to get him on to a training course

However, gardaí carried out checks on this man and learned he has cases several pending including two allegations of assaults on gardaí, theft, threats to kill officers and motoring offences.

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