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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Parents' binge halts teen trial

A TEENAGER'S trial for allegedly conning people into buying fake Apple iPhones has been delayed because his parents went on an all-night drinking binge.

The 17-year-old boy, who is on bail, has denied deception at Cope Street, Dublin, on September 23 last. He is also accused of possessing a stolen wallet on the same date.

He was due to face trial at the Children's Court yesterday but turned up without his mother and father. A parent or guardian of a juvenile defendant is compelled to attend cases at the court.

When Judge Bryan Smyth asked where the parents were, the teen replied: "They were drinking all night and did not stop 'til morning." The trial was adjourned until March.

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