Teen hijacked two taxis in an hour, court told
A17-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy is to stand trial for hijacking two taxis within an hour.
The youth appeared at the Children's Court yesterday, where he faced two counts of unlawful seizures of cars and robbery of two taxi men, which is alleged to have occurred in the early hours of February 2, in west Dublin, when he was 16.
Judge Alan Mitchell ruled that it was not a minor offence and the case should be sent forward to the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.
The teen, who was accompanied to court by his mother and lawyer, has been remanded in custody and will face his next hearing in four weeks, when it is expected he will be served with a book of evidence.
Garda David Cronin told Judge Mitchell yesterday that the first incident happened at 3.30am, when a taxi driver picked up the then 16-year-old and another male, on the Fonthill Road.
The taxi driver was directed to a location in Clondalkin where the boy's accomplice allegedly got out and opened the driver's door.
Gda Cronin said that the male was armed with a screwdriver and it was alleged that the boy was still sitting in the back seat of the Nissan Primera and grabbed the driver from behind.
The taxi driver was ordered out and it was alleged the teen told him to "get into the boot" but the man managed to escape.
The court also heard it was claimed that €100 was taken.
Gda Cronin said that at 4.30am another robbery occurred when the teen and his alleged accomplice flagged down another taxi.
They asked the driver of the Skoda Octavia to bring them to a location in Clondalkin, and it was alleged the accomplice then "grabbed the injured party by the throat" and said he had a knife.
It is alleged €100 was taken, and the teenager and his accomplice then stole the car, which was crashed a short while later.
Gda Cronin said the teenager made admissions and property taken during the robberies was found on him.
Defence solicitor Ann Brizzell asked the judge to consider accepting jurisdiction.
She furnished the court with assessment reports on the teenager, who had educational issues as well as drug problems.
But Judge Mitchell said that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the juvenile court and refused jurisdiction.