Saturday 7 December 2019

Youth who is under threat is further remanded

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGE boy, who is under threat and was the target of an attempted bomb attack, was further remanded in custody today.

The boy, who is in his mid-teens, had been remanded in custody by the Dublin Children's Court last Thursday after he was charged with taking part in a motor theft, in Dublin city's south-side on January 2 last.

Today he was further remanded in custody by Judge Ann Ryan for another week pending directions form the DPP on the motor theft charge. He must also enter pleas at his next court appearance to other charges.

Last week the court had revoked his bail after hearing he had broken bail terms set down earlier. He had been barred from parts of Dublin and ordered to obey a nightly curfew but had repeatedly broken these terms in recent weeks.

There are also fears for his safety. An explosive device had been left at an address the boy was allowed to visit and it was “meant for” him, the court has also heard.

“This device was viable,” a garda had said earlier.

He has not entered a pleas to his charges and is facing a litany of allegations. Apart from the alleged motor theft on January 2 last, he is accused of knife possession; theft of an Iphone; a breach of the peace, failing to comply with a garda's caution under the Public Order Act as well as possessing cannabis for with intention of sale or supply to another.

Five more allegations emanate from incidents in Tallaght and in south Co. Dublin on a date last October. In this set of charges he is accused of: possessing tools – including screwdrivers, a chisel, a knife and a file – for use in a theft,, trespassing at an address with intent to commit an offence or unlawfully interfere with property; theft of car keys and a sat-nav system from the same location; it is claimed he trespassed on another property nearby intending to commit a crime.

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