16-year-old further remanded for psychiatric assessment after suicide threats

A 16-year-old boy, whose worried family will not take him home because of his suicide attempts, has been further remanded in custody for a psychiatric assessment to take place.

The teenager was brought before the Dublin Children’s Court yesterday following his arrest for non-attendance of his case there previously. He had been facing charges for resisting arrest, engaging in threatening behaviour and failing to give a garda his name after he had been cautioned under the Public Order Act.

Yesterday, the arresting garda had told Judge Bryan Smyth that he was objecting to bail. “His family are here today. They feel he could be a harm to himself,” he said.

Defence solicitor Mr John Quinn had said the north Dublin boy was seeking bail but the court would be in a “difficult position” because at present his family was not willing to take him home.

“Things are critical at home,” he had said. “He tried to take an overdose and has tried to hang himself.”

Mr Quinn had said the boy’s family was “extremely worried” and has been trying to get help from the HSE “without success.”

“They do not want to see him in custody but don’t want to take him home.”

Today, amid emotional scenes, the boy begged his mother to allow him to return home. He pledged that he would see a psychiatrist and under go daily drug testing. “I’ll give clean urines, I’ll piss in a cup every day,” he said.

“No, don’t, I can’t,” the mother replied to her son’s pleas.

“Will you bring me home, I’ll sort things out I’ll go to the doctor,” he said, adding that, since he was remanded in custody, he had refused repeated offers of drugs.

“Don’t do this to me, you have to get assessed,” his mother replied, in tears.

The teenager sustained his pleas saying he felt extremely distressed on how his mother has been affected by him.

“I want to go home and sort things out, sort out the problems we have” he said, asking his mother to change her mind. “All you have to do is tell him (the judge) 'yeah',” he shouted.

Judge Smyth further remanded the teenager in custody to allow time for a psychiatric assessment to be carried out.

“I’m going to hang myself tonight,” the teenager said at the end of the case as his mother left the courtroom gasping and trying to hold back her tears.


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