Legal aid row in ice-cream charge
A TEENAGER charged with stealing a €5.95 block of ice cream has brought a legal challenge against a District Court judge's refusal to grant him legal aid.
District Judge Murrough Connellan refused to grant the 17-year-old his legal costs because the judge did not believe the State should be put to the cost of providing legal aid in such a matter.
The youth's lawyer said Judge Connellan had said it was time to stop spending the State's money in such a way.
In his High Court action against the judge and the DPP, he is seeking an order quashing the judge's refusal to grant legal aid.
Mr Justice Michael Peart granted leave to bring the challenge and put a stay on the criminal case against him pending determination of the High Court action.