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Tuesday 18 December 2018

No bail for assault case boy (15) after garda fears 'he'll murder'

(stock photo)
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A 15-year-old schoolboy has been remanded in custody charged in connection with an assault on a woman he allegedly met on an anonymous social media website.

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was charged during a special sitting of Dublin Children's Court yesterday with assault and producing a weapon.

During a two-hour hearing at the Criminal Courts of Justice, Judge Brian O'Shea ruled that the teenager would not be granted bail after he accepted the testimony of an experienced homicide investigator, Det Gda Daniel Treacy.

He told the court that he believed the youth would be "likely to commit murder if released".

Abandoned

"The offence, as it stands, is that the boy allegedly engaged the complainant through the Whisper social media app and lured her to various abandoned locations where he choked her to within an inch of her life to the extent that a tear rolled down her face," he told the court.

The boy is also alleged to have used a knife to inflict a "lengthy transverse (horizontal) laceration to her neck", the court heard.

The boy, dressed in jeans, a T-shirt and jumper, sat impassively in court with his mother sitting beside him and embracing him.

He has no previous convictions and no history of drug addiction or abuse.

He was remanded in custody to the Oberstown juvenile detention facility until his next court appearance, on January 2.

The alleged victim, who is in her 20s and of Malaysian descent, remained in a serious condition in hospital last night.

She was found near the baths at Queen's Road, Dun Laoghaire, at around 3.20pm on Saturday.

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