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Boy (16) held lady hostage in robbery

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy held a woman hostage as her partner was taken away at knife-point and forced to get money, a court has heard.

The now 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named, is one of four youths accused of taking part in a house raid at Botanic Avenue, north Dublin, on April 27.

He appeared at the Dublin Children's Court where he faces charges of robbery, burglary and false imprisonment of the couple.

Garda Shimna Ni Mhairtin, of Mountjoy station, said five youths knocked on the door of the house which was opened by the woman's boyfriend.

"When it was answered, they forced the door open and pushed him in and started going through the property."

Four of them were armed with either broken glass bottles or knives, but the accused did not have a weapon, the court heard.

They allegedly searched the house for valuables and "started demanding cash from the occupants". The man was forced into his own car at knife-point and some of the raiders "drove him around the area to get cash out of bank machines".


He was threatened that his girlfriend "would be assaulted if he did not go along with them" and the defendant stayed in the house with her, it was alleged. Gda Ni Mhairtin said the teen made admissions after he was identified and arrested nearby about an hour later.

Defence solicitor Maura Kiely said the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother and social worker, had a difficult background and has been in care since 2005.

He had gone through stages where he felt he had "no hope and nothing to lose", Judge Clare Leonard was told.

Ms Kiely told that the teenager, who has yet to enter a plea, was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time.

Welfare reports were given to the judge, who said she did not accept that he was "led astray".

Judge Leonard described the incident as "very, very serious" and held that he should be tried in the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

Judge Leonard remanded him on bail to appear again next month. His co-defendants are due in court next month.