Boy 'smashed windscreen of mother's car', court told

A youth, who allegedly smashed the windscreen of his mother's car while she was driving it, consented today to a further remand in custody.

The Dublin Children's Court has heard that the 17-year-old boy's mother was afraid he would attack her and did not want to take him home.

The boy was arrested yesterday and brought to court charged with criminal damage to a wall at his Dublin home, breach of the peace, damaging his mother's car windscreen and possessing a quantity of heroin, all of which allegedly occurred that morning.

Garda Barry O'Shea had told the court that: “His mother is refusing to give him an address or his father on the grounds they fear he might damage their property or injure them.”

He had said the boy's mother “has no way of keeping him out of the house if he returns and he has said previously that he would not go to the HSE or work with the HSE in any shape of form.”

The court had heard that the teen's mother had not come to the case on Thursday because she was in fear of the accused assaulting her. “She was in a lot of fear at the time, she was driving the car when the window was put through,” the garda had said.

The boy had been remanded in custody for one night, to appear again today, and the HSE was asked to be represented.

Today, the case resumed before Judge Denis McLoughlin and the teen's social worker with lawyers for the HSE also present. However, the boy's mother was not at the case.

The teenager asked for the news media to be ordered out of the court however Judge McLoughlin told him that he did not have the power to do so.

The case went to second calling and when it resumed minutes later, defence solicitor John Quinn said his client was now consenting to a further remand in custody.

Judge McLoughlin adjourned the case until Thursday next.

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