Thursday 23 November 2017

Teenager is sent for trial over escape of prisoner

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGE boy will go on trial next month, accused of helping break a prisoner out of custody during an arranged escape, which saw a garda knocked unconscious.

The 17-year-old boy made no reply when he was charged at the Dublin Children's Court under section six of the Criminal Law Act 1976.

The youth, who was aged 15 at the time of the incident, is accused of taking part in arrangements for the purpose of enabling another person to escape from custody at the Ballyfermot Road in west Dublin on March 6 last year.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and Judge John O'Connor ordered that his trial at the juvenile court will take place on December 2.

A conviction for this offence in the juvenile court can lead to a jail term of up to 12 months.

The State will be calling a number of witnesses.

Another youth, who has pleaded guilty to charges connected to the incident, is currently awaiting sentencing.

Irish Independent

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