Girl (9) in false imprisonment case fears testifying

A nine-year-old girl may have to give evidence via video link at the Dublin Children's Court in the prosecution of a teenager charged with false imprisonment.

The 17-year-old boy had been charged in May at the Children's Court with the offence which allegedly occurred in north Dublin, on a date in May 2008.

Today the prosecution told Judge Bryan Smyth that a nine-year-old witness was “afraid and does not want to give evidence in the room, does not want to see him.”

Judge Smyth said that perhaps her evidence could be given by way of video-link.

The defendant was not present for the case but will appear again next week in relation when a date for his hearing is to be set.

Earlier, a Garda had told the court that it was alleged that on the date in question, “between 8.50pm and 9.10pm, the accused took an eight-year-old girl to his home, at his previous address, and locked the door so she was unable to get out for 10 to 15 minutes.”

It was alleged that “she managed to work the lock in the house and escape” and added that the girl suffered no injuries.

The court has also heard that the boy allegedly “pinched” the girl.


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