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Monday 17 December 2018

Hunt for teen burglary suspect who escaped from hospital

Gardai at the scene of last Thursday's crash on the N7
Gardai at the scene of last Thursday's crash on the N7

Gardai were last night hunting for a 16-year-old burglary suspect who escaped from a hospital in the capital before investigators were able to question him about an crash on the N7 last Thursday.

The boy, who was receiving treatment for a head injury, was sprung from Tallaght Hospital by his associates at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.

The youth is believed to be one of four teenagers in a car that crashed on the N7 on Thursday.

Three were arrested while the injured teenager was taken to hospital - he was deemed not fit to be interviewed due to his head injury.

A 16-year-old youth appeared in court on Friday on charges relating to the crash.

The juvenile, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared before a special sitting of Naas District Court.

The youth, who is from Tallaght, was charged with dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance, and possession of articles with intent to commit burglary.

Charged

Garda Kevin Williamson gave evidence that when charged the defendant made no reply.

"There were four young men in the car that was in collision with another car.

"One young man remained at the scene, injured, and the other three fled on foot before being arrested," he told the court.

There was no objection to bail based on strict conditions agreed with the defendant's barrister, Gerard Kennedy.

He also has to carry a phone with him on which gardai can contact him at any time.

The other two youths arrested in the same incident were released on Thursday night with a file being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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