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Burglar who took hostage in custody

A TEENAGE boy, who held a young woman against her will in her own home as her partner was brought out at knifepoint to get money, has been remanded in custody.

A house on Botanic Avenue in north Dublin had been ransacked on April 27 last year and one of the occupants, a 21-year-old man, was taken away in his car to withdraw money, before he escaped.

A 16-year-old boy, who is in care, had pleaded guilty last November at the Dublin Children's Court to burglary, robbery and false imprisonment charges in connection with the traumatising incident.

He is due to be sentenced in September but Judge Ann Ryan was told that the teenager had broken his bail conditions by not residing at his care placement. She was also told that on four previous occasions the boy had been warned in court that he would have to reside at his HSE accommodation.

Judge Ryan remanded the teenager, who was accompanied to his case by his social worker and a care worker, in custody for one week. The court has already heard that the teen had "particularly complex past".