Wednesday 13 December 2017

Boy (16) in court over 'threat to cut off fingers of a mum'

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

A DUBLIN youth is to face trial in the circuit court over a burglary in which a gang armed with knives allegedly threatened to chop off a woman's fingers in front of her young son.

Refusing jurisdiction, Judge John O'Connor held that the case was far too serious to be dealt with at Dublin Children's Court.

The 16-year-old boy, who was accompanied to the pre-trial hearing by family members, was further remanded in custody.

The DPP must prepare a book of evidence before the boy can be sent forward for trial to the circuit court, which can impose lengthier sentences.

Judge O'Connor heard it was alleged that the boy was among a group of raiders who also threatened to cut off the woman's 10-year-old son's fingers before making off with €30,000 and a car.

The boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, faces charges of motor theft and aggravated burglary at a house in Citywest on the morning of last November 11.

He has been refused bail and is the second juvenile before the courts in connection with the aggravated burglary.

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Gda Conor Fleming said the alleged incident left the victims traumatised.

He has told Judge O'Connor that at about 7.50am the woman answered a knock at her front door and there were people in her garden.

The door was "forced in on top of her" and five males came into her home.

Two or three of them "dragged her to the kitchen and tried to tie her hands with cable ties, screaming for money".

Gda Fleming said it was alleged that they took a meat cleaver and steak knife from the kitchen. One put the knife to the woman's neck and threatened to kill her.

Her son was brought from his bedroom to the kitchen as the woman had her hands placed on a counter.

"They said they would cut her son's fingers off and if they did not get any money they would take her son away with them," Gda Fleming has said.

The officer said it is claimed the teenager had admitted he had overpowered the woman and knew she was being held against her will.

He has also alleged that the youth admitted he drove off in the woman's car.

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