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Saturday 21 October 2017

'Knife' teen shouldn't be let 'roam streets'

a 15-YEAR-OLD boy, who allegedly threatened a group of young girls with two knives in a social club, cannot be let "roam the streets of Dublin for the weekend", a judge has said.

Judge David McHugh said it was "unacceptable" there was no secure bed available for the troubled teen over the bank holiday weekend.

A court heard the teen had been living with his grandfather, but he was no longer able to care for him as his behaviour had "got out of hand".

The boy's mother claimed her son is "out of control" and his offending behaviour had escalated in the last month.

In addition to allegedly threatening a group of girls with two knives, the boy's mother claimed he recently chased a youth into a school while armed with a hammer and then smashed up a number of cars.

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Judge McHugh said an "appropriate therapeutic unit" should be available for the teen.

The judge ordered the boy be brought to Ronanstown Garda Station and the HSE out of hours service be contacted.

A solicitor for the HSE, Fiona Walsh, said the boy will receive a placement with the out of hours service for the weekend.

Judge McHugh adjourned the matter to Tuesday. The judge said the HSE is to liaise with gardai "continuously" over the weekend.

Judge McHugh said it was an "ad hoc arrangement" and he had done his best to ensure the teen's security.

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