Thursday 26 April 2018

Youth who allegedly attacked elderly man in his home gets bail

Tom Tuite

A 16-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy, who allegedly attacked an elderly man with a bottle during the course of two house burglaries within the space of thirty minutes, has released on bail.

The teenager has been charged with two counts of burglary at the Navan Road in Cabra, in north Dublin, in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was remanded in custody by the Dublin Children's Court on the following day.

Today Garda Adrian O'Reilly told Judge Ann Ryan that he was objecting to bail due to the seriousness of the offence.

Defence counsel Aoife McNickle submitted that this by itself was not enough to deny bail. She said there was no evidence that the boy would intimidate witnesses and added that the teen does not live in the area where the burglaries occurred.

Judge Ryan granted bail with several conditions to the boy who was accompanied to his hearing by relative.

The teenager was told that he had to obey a 10pm to 8am curfew, sign on three days a week at his local garda station and not have any contact with the burglary victims.

He was also told that he must abstain from alcohol and was remanded on bail to appear again in July. Directions from the DPP need to be obtained to determine whether his case should stay in the juvenile court or instead be sent forward to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

On Monday Gda O'Reilly said the boy was arrested “on suspicion of burglary”.

“The defendant committed two burglaries in the space of half an hour, both of these premises were occupied and he was confronted by the home-owners,” Gda O'Reilly had said.

During the second burglary it was alleged that the boy was confronted by an elderly man who lives there. “He threw a glass bottle at the occupant of the house striking him on his nose,” the garda has told the court.

Further charges could be brought against the boy, Judge Ryan has been told.

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