Two teens in court over raid on house
FIVE raiders who ransacked a house forced a 21-year-old man to withdraw money from ATM machines, a court heard yesterday.
Two teenagers were remanded in custody after they were charged in connection with the house raid in north Dublin on Wednesday night. Two other arrests were made later. The incident happened on Botanic Avenue when five people entered a house at around 11.30pm. The house was ransacked and the occupant, a 21-year-old man, was taken in his own car and forced to withdraw money from nearby ATM machines, before he escaped uninjured. A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a juvenile, and 18-year-old Ben Kelly of Tiara House in Milltown, Piltown in Kilkenny, were brought before Dublin Children's Court yesterday charged with stealing an iPod, a DVD player, speakers and a mobile phone at the house. The 16-year-old, from north Dublin, applied for bail. However, Judge Eamon O'Brien noted that there was a garda objection due to the seriousness of the case and refused bail.
Mr Kelly did not seek bail, and both were remanded in custody to appear again at the Children's Court next week. A 15-year-old arrested in connection with the incident was released without charge and a file has been prepared for the DPP. Gardai made a fourth arrest yesterday, another boy aged 15 who was taken to the Bridewell garda station.