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'Row led to abduction of car boot teen'

AN abduction ordeal involving two groups of teenagers began over the throwing of a few stones at car, it has emerged.

Gardai are hoping to charge a 19-year-old suspected to be the ring leader in an alcohol-fuelled beating and abduction that took place in the early hours of yesterday.

A 16-year-old was attacked and held hostage in a car boot in Donabate at 5.30am before being released over three hours later near Clondalkin.

His alleged abductors demanded a ransom, believed to be several thousand euro from his parents, but gardai say no money was handed over.

Detectives have until this afternoon to charge or release a Ronanstown teenager who they suspect led others in the assault and abduction.

Sources say that he is known to gardai and wanted to "teach a lesson" to the 16-year-old.

It is understood that there may have already been some bad blood between the two groups of young men, but yesterday's incident started after stones were thrown at a car.

The altercation, on Beaverstown Road in Donabate, turned physical and gardai say the 16-year-old was put "into the boot of a silver Volkswagen Passat".

He was let out near Clondalkin at around 9am and managed to jump over a fence onto the side of the M50 to use an emergency phone to call gardai.

Local councillor Gerry McGuire (FG) told the Herald today that people in the area are "very concerned and alarmed that such an incident could happen".

It is understood that a number of teenagers witnessed an initial struggle and more would have been aware of what was happening in the hours afterwards.


However, officers are unsure how much evidence these youths will willingly give and are also gathering DNA and CCTV footage for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Detectives hope the victim will provide them with enough information to bring forward charges including abduction and demanding money with menace.

The boy was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was treated for head injuries.

Officers later found the silver Passat believed to have been used in the abduction.

Gardai confirmed that the 19-year-old who was arrested in the Clondalkin area was still being questioned by detectives this morning.