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Sunday 22 October 2017

a 13-YEAR-OLD boy will face trial accused of stealing a car which was left a write-off following a crash in Dublin.

a 13-YEAR-OLD boy will face trial accused of stealing a car which was left a write-off following a crash in Dublin.

The Director of Pubic Prosecutions (DPP) has decided that despite the boy's young age, the case will go on and a "special direction" was given to the Dublin Children's Court yesterday.

Defence solicitor Aonghus McCarthy was granted an order for disclosure of prosecution evidence and he asked for CCTV evidence to be handed over.

Judge John O'Connor warned the teenager that he had to obey his bail terms or he risked going into custody.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was ordered to appear again next month when he will be expected to enter a plea to the charge.

The teenager had already been given bail with strict conditions including a curfew following the alleged in incident on July 3. In August, he had spent a stint in custody for breaking bail terms but he was later released.

Because he is under 14, special directions from the DPP were needed to confirm that the criminal proceedings would go ahead.

The boy is charged with stealing a car from a pub car park, on Tyrconnell Road on the afternoon of July 3 last. He also faces a connected charge for dangerously driving the Nissan Almera which was allegedly damaged beyond repair when it crashed into a wall.

He has not indicated how he will be pleading and made no reply when the charges were originally put to him.

The juvenile court has heard it would be claimed other cars had to take evasive action during the boy's alleged drive and the stolen Almera was "written off".

As a condition of bail the boy has to be obey a 9pm to 8am curfew; he also has to stay out of parts of Dublin's south west inner city, and has been temporarily banned from having contact with three other named individuals.

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