Saturday 17 August 2019

Teen (15) charged over petrol bombing

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy, charged over a petrol bomb attack on the home of an elderly woman, has had his trial adjourned until next month.

The 78-year-old peace commissioner, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, allegedly had three petrol bombs thrown at her north Dublin home on March 6 last, the Children's Court was told.

The hearing was adjourned until March 7 next. The boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother and a grandparent, was remanded on continuing bail.

The teenager has pleaded not guilty to having a petrol bomb with intent to use it or permit another to use it to damage the injured party's property in a way which would endanger her life.

The boy has been ordered to obey a curfew, stay away from a number of areas, sign on at his local garda station daily, be of "sober habits" and not "congregate in groups of three or more people".

In an outline of the prosecution's evidence, the court heard earlier "gardai received reports of youths throwing petrol bombs at the home of an elderly peace commissioner who suffers from Parkinson's disease".

"During interviews he made certain admissions that he made the petrol bomb but denied throwing them at the house," a garda had said.

"They knew a peace commissioner lived there, three petrol bombs were made and thrown at the house," the court was also told.


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