TWO 18-year-old Dublin youths have denied claims that they carried out a terrifying raid at their local chip ship.
Jordan O'Shea,of Phibsborough Road, and Atillio Bouros, with an address at Upper Dorset Street, Dublin, have pleaded not guilty at the Children's Court to robbery of €300 from Benny's takeaway, on Bolton Street on the night of May 19 last.
The pair, were juveniles at the time, but have since reached adulthood,
Today Judge Eugene O'Kelly asked to hear an outline of the allegations to determine whether the juvenile court would accept jurisdiction for the case.
Garda Sergeant Caroline Maloney told Judge O'Kelly it was alleged that Mr O'Shea and Mr Bouros had their hoods pulled up when they entered the chip shop. It would be alleged Mr O'Shea was armed with a knife and Mr Bouros had a broken glass bottle.
Gda Sgt Maloney said it would also be alleged that Mr O'Shea went behind a counter where he “brandished a knife at a male working in the chipper and then took €300.”
It was claimed that Mr Bouros did not go behind the counter but did brandish a broken glass bottle at the chip shop worker who “believed he would be stabbed”.
Solicitor Gareth Noble, for Mr O'Shea, pleaded with Judge O'Kelly not to send the case to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers. He said the youth had left education early and had substance abuse as well as mental health problems.
Counsel Kate O'Toole for Mr Bouros, who is still in secondary school, said that youth was also 17 at the time and then had a drug problem.
Judge O'Kelly accepted jurisdiction and remanded the teens on continuing bail. The date for their trial at the Children's Court will be set next week.