Friday 17 November 2017

Teen caught after months on the run

Generic garda pic
Generic garda pic

A youth, who evaded arrest for almost three months after a breakout from a Dublin detention centre, has been caught by gardai.

Four teenage boys managed to abscond from the Oberstown youth detention facility in Lusk on July 25 last and three of them were found and returned within days.

However, the remaining fugitive, aged 17, dodged capture and was at large until he was found at a house in Blanchardstown in Dublin yesterday.

The teenager taunted gardai on Facebook with a photograph captioned 'Straight outta Oberstown'.

The teenager was charged with escaping from custody - which can result in three-month sentence - and was brought before Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court.

The boy consented to being remanded back to the Oberstown. The case resumes later this month.

A month before the breakout, he had been refused bail in connection with a litany of incidents that are alleged to have occurred in north Dublin on dates from February 2 until June 19 last.

The boy was accused of failing to turn up to court on two dates, trespassing with intent to commit an offence and interfering with a motor vehicle on a date in February; motor theft in Swords in north Dublin on June 9, and stealing another vehicle a day later.

He was also charged with criminal damage to two cars, unlawfully interfering with two vehicles, trespassing and having a metal bar as an implement to commit theft in the early hours of June 19th last.

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