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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Boy in custody over car chase

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy, who allegedly broke a house arrest order and led gardai on a lengthy car chase, has been further remanded in custody.

The Dublin Children's Court had heard that the cold snap in December prevented him from getting away from gardai when a stolen car he allegedly drove "cut out".

As a condition of his bail, he was told he could not leave his house "except in the company of his mother".

However, he was brought back to court last month and refused bail when three new charges were brought against him. They included two for dangerous driving.

The case was adjourned for the defence to make submissions for the teen's case not to be sent to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers



Teen will face drug-testing

A JUDGE has ordered drug testing of a 17-year-old boy who was caught with €960 worth of cannabis.

The teen has admitted unlawful possession of cannabis, at his north Dublin home, on October 21, 2009.

Garda Deirdre Power had told the Children's Court that the youth "made admissions that it was for his own use".

Judge Clare Leonard adjourned sentencing the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, until February 21. An updated probation report was sought and the judge also ordered urine analysis, which screens for drug use.



Youth guilty of damaging PC

A YOUTH has pleaded guilty to damaging a computer in a children's care unit where he is also suspected of attacking staff members.

The 17-year-old boy, who is in voluntary care of the HSE, pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to criminal damage.

Judge Clare Leonard heard that the boy had eight prior criminal convictions for possessing drugs, possessing stolen property, and two counts of sexual assault of females, dating back to 2007.

He was remanded on bail to appear again next month for a probation report on him to be furnished to the court.

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