Wednesday 24 January 2018

Teens ordered by judge to stay away from Luas and trains

Appeared before court in relation to thefts

Eimear Cotter

FOUR teenagers have appeared in court charged in connection with an alleged spate of robberies along the train line in west Dublin.

Dean Ayres (19) and three juveniles, aged 14, 16 and 17 years old, have been ordered to stay out of all Luas trams, Irish Rail trains and various train stations in Dublin.

A garda alleged the victims were left severely shaken by the robberies and one of the injured parties, an 18-year-old, was kicked and stamped on the ground for five minutes.

Judge David McHugh remanded the teenagers on bail to appear before Blanchardstown District Court again on dates in January and February for DPP's directions on the charges.

They have been ordered not to associate with each other and to stay away from the alleged victims for the duration of the case.

Ayres, of Belclare Park in Ballymun, appeared before the court charged with robbing a Sony Xperia mobile phone from a man at Coolmine Train Station on January 9.

A 14-year-old is facing four counts of robbery while a 16-year-old and 17-year-old each face five counts of robbery.

It is alleged that a black Superdry jacket worth €120, a Sony mobile phone valued at €400 as well as Apple I-pods, worth €300, €90 in cash and Apple I-phone valued at €500 were taken during the course of the robberies.

In relation to Ayres and the 14-year-old and 17-year-old youths, gardai said they had no objection to bail, subject to conditions.

Garda Gary Brennan objected to bail for the 16-year-old youth, citing the seriousness of the charges and the strength of the evidence.

Gda Brennan said it will be alleged the 16-year-old was the "ringleader of a gang of youths" who committed a series of robberies along the DART line, starting in Drumcondra and towards Castleknock Gate.

Gda Brennan claimed some of the robberies took place on the trains, but in some incidents the victims were followed off the train and robbed.

The garda said it will be alleged the victims were left severely shaken by the incidents, and one of them, an 18-year-old male, was knocked to the ground, stamped on the head and kicked for five minutes.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said the 16-year-old accused would abide by any bail conditions.

Judge McHugh granted all the accused on bail, subject to strict conditions.

Ayres must stay out of Coolmine Train Station and all Luas and Irish rail vehicles. He must also have no contact with this co-accused or the alleged victim in his case.

The three juveniles were remanded on similar bail terms, with the 14-year-old and 16-year-old back before the court on January 27, after the judge expressed concern about their family circumstances.

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