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Man 'took Downs boy (6) away from his family in city'


Gardai (Stock image)

Gardai (Stock image)

Gardai (Stock image)

A MAN has been accused of taking a six-year-old boy with Down Syndrome away in his buggy when the child became separated from his family on a busy Dublin city centre street.

David Ryan (27) allegedly pushed the buggy off with the child inside, took food from the boy's hand and ate it before leaving him alone by the side of the road.

Dublin District Court heard it was alleged that the boy, who cannot speak, was found by a security guard who took responsibility for him.

Father-of-two Mr Ryan is charged with falsely imprisoning the boy in the alleged incident on Thursday afternoon.

He was refused bail by Judge William Hamill.

The defendant, of Foxdene Avenue, Clondalkin, is charged with falsely imprisoning the boy at Liffey Street in the city centre on June 11.

Gda Elaine Holmes told the court she arrested the accused at 5.30pm on Thursday and took him to Store Street Station.

He made no reply to the charge. Gda Holmes objected to bail.

"It is alleged that he physically took the child who was in a buggy and pushed it across the road," she said.

It was further alleged that the defendant took food from the boy's hand and ate it before searching the buggy, then leaving the child alone by the side of the road.

"He requires extensive care by a person who is aware of his disability and needs," Gda Holmes said of the child.

A security guard took care of the child when he realised he was alone.

Gda Holmes said the DPP is directing trial on indictment.


Defence barrister Donal Pattis- on applied for bail on Mr Ryan's behalf.

The court heard the accused has two children, including one who is three-weeks-old.

"I don't think I have any option in this matter," Judge Hamill said, refusing bail.

He remanded the defendant in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on June 19.

The defendant, who wore a navy top with a "Premium Quality" logo, blue jeans and brown runners did not address the court.

He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead.