Friday 22 March 2019

Youth (16) charged with offences after collision on the N7

The crash scene on the N7 at Johnstown on Thursday
The crash scene on the N7 at Johnstown on Thursday

A 16-year-old youth has appeared in court over a crash on the N7 at Johnstown on Thursday in which another youth was seriously injured.

The juvenile, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Judge Desmond Zaidan at a special sitting of Naas District Court yesterday morning.

The youth, from Tallaght, was charged with dangerous driving, having no licence nor insurance, and possession of articles with intent to commit burglary.


Judge Zaidan was told by Garda Kevin Williamson that gardai had gone to the N7 because they were aware of a vehicle in the area.

"One had been stopped by gardai, but had been driven away when approached by officers."

The vehicle crashed into another car after driving away.

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

"One remained, injured, and the other three fled before being arrested," Judge Zaidan was told.

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

The youth was released on his own bond of €100.

The defendant is due to appear before Athy court on January 9.

Another of the youths arrested in the incident was released on Thursday night.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A second youth remained in garda custody yesterday.

The third youth, who was injured, remains in hospital.

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