Saturday 24 March 2018

Judge orders arrest of girl as she bolts for 36th time

A JUDGE has ordered the arrest of a 17-year-old girl who has gone missing from the care of the Health Service executive (HSE) for the 36th time in recent months.

The teenager pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to criminal damage at a children's care home in north Dublin on May 30. Last month, she spent a week in custody and was released on October 21.

As part of her bail, she was ordered to refrain from assaulting care staff, co-operate with her social workers, reside at a HSE children's care home and comply with psychological and psychiatric assessments.

She had also been ordered to obey a 10pm to 9am curfew at the care home and refrain from alcohol and illegal drugs

The teenager had been remanded to appear again yesterday. Judge Bryan Smyth issued a bench warrant for her arrest when she did not turn up.

The court has heard the girl absconded from HSE care 35 times in August and September, returning occasionally "to eat and change clothes".

Irish Independent

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