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Headshopban for third teen in a week

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has became the third juvenile defendant in a week to be banned from headshops, which sell so-called legal highs.

The boy, who had 10 prior convictions, pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday to trespassing at a private apartment complex in north inner city Dublin on January 10.

His bail had been revoked last week after the court heard he had broken a curfew. Judge Clare Leonard heard yesterday that during one instance he was "seen with a group of youths outside a headshop at 5am".


Judge Leonard heard that the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, had prior convictions, for assaults, failing to appear in court, motor theft and breach of the peace.

He had been given two custodial sentences, for six and seven months in 2008. Adjourning the case for one week, Judge Leonard warned him that it was a condition of bail that he was "to stay away from headshops".

She told him he would be arrested and sent back to custody if he broke the terms of his bail. Another boy was remanded in custody on Monday after he broke a similar condition.