14-year-old remanded on bail after threats to neighbour

A 14-year-old boy was remanded on conditional bail today after he was charged with threatening to kill or harm a man in his neighbourhood.

The boy was charged at the Children’s Court with criminal damage to a woman’s house in his neighbourhood, threatening to damage her home and threatening to kill or cause serious harm to her boyfriend on dates in September and earlier this month.

The court heard that the north inner city Dublin boy made no reply when charged.

Judge Bryan Smyth was told that gardaí were not objecting to bail being granted to the boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother.

However, they were seeking a number of bail conditions to be imposed on the teen.

Judge Smyth agreed to apply the bail terms sought which included a ban on the teenager having any contact with the woman or her boyfriend and a curfew to be in his home between 10pm and 8am daily.

He was also ordered to stay away from the woman’s house.

“If you are in breach of any of those conditions it is open to gardaí to apply for bail to be revoked which means you will be remanded in custody,” he warned the teenager, who replied “Yes” when he was asked if he understood.

Judge Smyth granted legal aid to the teenager and remanded him on bail to appear again in two week to allow him time to instruct his solicitor.


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