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DVD row teen 'threatened to knife woman'

A DUBLIN youth put a knife to the throat of a care worker and threatened to stab her following a row about a DVD, a court was told.

The boy (17) has been charged at the Dublin Children's Court with causing €1,100 worth of criminal damage to the woman's car by scraping the paintwork, on a date last December.

He also faces connected charges for threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the woman as well as production of a kitchen knife and holding it to her throat, on the same date.

The teenager, who is in care, has since moved to a different facility, and "made no reply" when charged with the offences.

Judge John O'Connor was also told that the DPP had recommended that the case should be sent forward to the circuit court, which has wider sentencing powers.

Yesterday, after hearing an outline of the allegations, he agreed that the case should be dealt with in the higher court and the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by care staff, was remanded on continuing bail pending the preparation of a book of evidence.


Judge O'Connor was told that it would be alleged that the boy held a knife to the woman's throat following a row an over-18s DVD.

The court heard that it was claimed that he threatened to stab the care worker, before throwing the knife on the ground and walking away. Defence solicitor Gareth Noble pleaded with the juvenile court to accept jurisdiction saying the boy had challenges including mental health difficulties.

He said that the alleged incident occurred after the boy, who has not indicated how he will be plead, had received a phone call from his mother to say that she did not want him to stay with her over Christmas.

Later that day, staff brought him out to rent a DVD but when they returned to his accommodation they noticed that it was an over-18s film and he was not allowed to watch it.

Mr Noble also asked the judge to note that no injuries were caused during the incident.

However, the judge held that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the Children's Court.