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Saturday 21 October 2017

'Angry' boy bailed over car arson incident

Judge John O’Connor had found the teenager guilty of arson of a car, a charge he denied. (Stock picture)
Judge John O’Connor had found the teenager guilty of arson of a car, a charge he denied. (Stock picture)

A Teenager whose anger erupted in court after he was found guilty of burning out a car in Dublin has been readmitted to bail.

The boy (15) was remanded in custody last week after he began cursing at his mother. He faced his latest hearing yesterday at Dublin Children's Court and apologised.

Bail was granted to the boy and updated pre-sentence welfare reports were ordered.

Judge John O'Connor had found him guilty of arson of a car near his north Dublin home last April, a charge he denied. He had pleaded guilty to breach of the peace.

Harm

Gda James Flynn said he attended the scene and the blaze was being put out. Gardai had been looking for the youth, whose mother reported that he had gone out to self-harm.

He returned home, where he was angry towards his mother. Judge O'Connor was told that, when he picked up a pipe, he had to be arrested.

While he was being taken to a garda station, he said he had burned out the car with a lighter and said it was "just a junkie's car", Gda Flynn alleged.

The boy also told the arresting garda that "I will burn out all the cars at Coolock Garda Station".

The burned-out car was believed to have been registered in a false name and had been used by youths in the area, the judge heard.

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