Monday 11 December 2017

Teenager had to be brought into court handcuffed after being arrested for breaking bail

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGER had to be brought into a courtroom handcuffed today after he was arrested for breaking bail conditions linked to a motor theft allegation.

Last week, the boy, who is in his mid-teens, was charged with driving a stolen car in north Dublin, which is alleged to have occurred on May 28.

He had been granted conditional bail at the Dublin Children's Court with warnings that he had to obey a curfew, not drive a vehicle, not take drugs and he was told he had to sign on regularly at his local garda station.

But Judge Hugh O'Donnell heard that the teenager broke these bail terms and that he was caught breaking the curfew in the early hours of this morning.

The youth was screaming as he was brought in and he remained handcuffed throughout the hearing. As he entered the courtroom he began shouting at gardai saying he wanted to make a complaint. “No I will not sit down,” he roared and he began to verbally abuse officers in the courtroom.

“Put him in the cell,” the judge said as the teen's outbursts continued. The youth was then was removed from the courtroom after which his solicitor Gareth Noble said “he has never presented in court as he just has now”.

The lawyer told the judge that the teenager had been in care for most of his life. The boy had once been held in a secure care facility for “his own protection" and he has also lived with an extended family member.

The boy's own mother had died as a result of drug abuse and he had just recently learned that a relative who has been looking after him only has weeks to live.

“That has impacted greatly on him,” the defence solicitor said adding that the family member in question has been “the one constant in his life”. He also said that despite the breach of the bail terms, the boy has not picked up any new charges.

Gardai also said that the teen's guardian, who was not present for the hearing, “cannot cope with him any more”.

Judge O'Donnell remanded the teenager in custody to appear again next week when he said the issue of bail could be reviewed.

The teenager has not yet indicated how he intends to the plead to the motor theft allegation.

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