Thursday 23 November 2017

Teenager had drugs and bullets in underpants

Tom Tuite

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was found with heroin and bullets in his underpants after he was arrested for drug dealing, a court has heard.

The south Dublin boy, who has had to move out of his home, had already admitted Public Order Act offences, possessing a knife, in the city's south-side and using a plastic rod as a weapon which he swung at members of the public on Thomas Street. All these offences took place in January .

Last week, the teenager, who has no prior criminal convictions, also entered guilty pleas at the Dublin Children's Court to drug dealing and firearms offences.

Cannabis was found at his home in May and he was also found with cocaine and heroin at a location in Dublin 8 on the same date. The boy was brought to a south Dublin garda station where more heroin was recovered.

At the garda station where he was searched, three Remmington make, 22-calibre Winchester Magnum bullets were also found on him.

The value of the drugs seized from the teenager was about €1,000.

Today the case continued and the court heard that the teen kept the bullets and some heroin hidden in his underwear.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said there has been intervention by social services but this was not based on child protection concerns in relation to his family.

As a result of this offence, the boy had to leave his home because his continued presence there became unsustainable and the teenager was “perceived to be at risk”.

Friends have taken the boy in at their home but he has to sleep on the couch there. Judge Ann Ryan said that this cost the HSE nothing in comparison to placing the boy in a care facility. She added that they should provide help in relation to his living arrangements at his current address.

Judge Ryan remanded the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, on continuing bail for sentencing next month.

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