Saturday 24 March 2018

Youths with metal poles cause €26,000 of damage at Oberstown

Oberstown Children's Detention Campus
Oberstown Children's Detention Campus

Tom Tuite

Youths armed with metal poles and weights attacked staff and caused more than €26,000 worth of damage during one of a series of violent incidents at Oberstown young offenders centre.

A Children's Court judge has refused jurisdiction to hear the trial of a 17-year-old boy accused of assaulting a staff member and causing €54,000 worth of criminal damage at the facility in Lusk, north Co Dublin.

The teen, who cannot be named because he is a minor, is accused of taking part in violent incidents on four dates. Judge John O'Connor held that the case was too serious to accept jurisdiction and he held that the youth must be tried in the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

Garda Sergeant Eoin McDonnell told Judge O'Connor it would be alleged that during the incident on October 31 the boy stole a key fob from a staff member and with a second youth armed themselves with a metal pole and weights. One detention centre worker who tried to disarm the boy was punched to his head and face. The court heard on September 8 the boy picked up a laptop and threw it at a teacher.

The total amount of damage in the four incidents was €54,226, Garda Sgt McDonnell said.

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