Tuesday 12 December 2017

Judge to be notified about teen's offences

Judge Brian Sheridan.
Judge Brian Sheridan.

A JUDGE told Gardai that they are to notify him "at any time" to amend strict bail conditions on a teenager who is facing a raft of charges.

At the juvenile court sitting in Mallow, the youth is facing a number of charges, of which two are for assault, and one for assault causing harm, as well as a firearm offence.

There are also public order offences involved.

The teenager from North Cork cannot be identified for legal reasons.

In this case last week, Solicitor Michelle O'Mahony said her client was facing "serious charges". She said in almost every matter there was the involvement of drink or drugs at the time.

She said: "This seems to be a very much underlying issue."

A separate charge of engaging in abusive, threatening and or insulting language or behaviour in a public place was withdrawn by the State.

Referring to a probation report, Judge Brian Sheridan said that the youth was working with his parents as well as an addiction centre.

Inspector Golden said the youth was under "strict" bail conditions, but he said the teenager had breached them in November 2013. He said there was an "assault matter" and the youth had breached his time curfew.

He also said there was "another altercation" which is also being investigated.

"He still seems to be offending," said Insp Golden.

Ms O'Mahony argued that her client was not being prosecuted "at this time" for any further alleged offences.

Judge Sheridan told Insp Golden that Gardai can apply to amend the bail conditions "at any time" if the youth is in breach of his bail terms.

"The impression given to me is that of a young person who is out of control and this will not go on in my court while I'm here. Gardai are to notify me at any time," he said.

The judge also requested a fresh probation report and all matters are to be heard in March.


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