In brief: Boy punched female garda
SENTENCING of a youth who punched a female garda as she was trying to cordon off a suspected explosive device was found has been adjourned.
The boy (17) had pleaded guilty last year to assaulting the garda and criminal damage to a patrol car, at Clonmacnoise Road, in Crumlin, Dublin, in July 2009.
His case at the Dublin Children's Court had been adjourned until yesterday. However, Judge Clare Leonard was told he could not attend because he was in custody in relation to other charges. Judge Leonard ordered that the teenager would have to be brought to court tomorrow.
Judge critical of detention centre
A JUDGE has said that she is reluctant to send youths to Ireland's biggest juvenile detention centre because of its "current condition".
Last week, the Children's Ombudsman Emily Logan called for the closure of St Patrick's Institution in Dublin. At the Dublin Children's Court, Judge Catherine Staines was dealing with the case of a boy (16) charged with travelling as a passenger in a stolen vehicle and possessing a screwdriver as a theft implement, in Clonshaugh, in north Dublin.
Boy in court over stolen goods
A JUDGE has imposed a curfew on a 16-year-old Dublin boy charged with handling hundreds of euro worth of stolen property.
The boy appeared at the Children's Court accused of possessing a BlackBerry mobile phone worth €420, a sat-nav system to the value of €150 and a laptop bag worth €110, in Finglas, in north Dublin.
The boy was remanded to appear again next month when the court will learn if more charges are to be brought against him.
New hope for MS sufferers
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