Car-jack teen to await trial in custody

A teenager accused of hijacking a doctor’s car and then driving over one of his legs was served with a book of evidence today and remanded in custody pending his trial.

The doctor was left with a broken leg and unable to perform surgery following the incident in which he was allegedly dragged from his Mini Cooper after he had made a wrong turn, the Dublin Children’s Court heard.

The boy, who is aged 16, is charged with seizing the car at Sheriff Street in Dublin and assault causing harm, on April 27, 2008. In July, he had been granted bail with conditions which gardaí have said were repeatedly broken.

He had been ordered to obey a 6pm to 8am curfew, to reside at his home address and to remain away from the Sheriff Street, Common Street, Oriel Street and East Wall areas.

The teen’s bail had been revoked on Monday last when Judge Bryan Smyth heard evidence from three gardaí who said they witnessed the teenager repeatedly breaching his curfew conditions.

In an application for bail to be reinstated, defence solicitor Mr John Quinn said that his client was asking the court for an opportunity and has “had a taste of what happens when he breaches the conditions".

However, the judge refused to grant bail to the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, and remanded him in custody to St Patrick’s Institution.

The book of evidence was served on the teenager and the judge made an order formally sending the case forward for trial at the next term of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Earlier it had been held that the case was too serious for the Children’s Court and should be sent forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

In an outline of the allegations, Detective Garda Paul Carney had told the court on July 20 last that the doctor had been making his way from the Mater Hospital to the IFSC area when he made a wrong turn onto Sheriff Street.

“He did a u-turn and was set on by three youths, the accused being one of them. They threw a bicycle in front of the car to obstruct it. He was dragged out of the car, the accused got in and drove over the injured party’s leg breaking it,” he has alleged.

Det-Gda Carney said the doctor has since been unable to perform surgery as a result of the injury and is to face a further operation for the damage to his leg to be fully repaired.

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