Teen accused of hijacking car and breaking doctor's leg

A teenager accused of hijacking a doctor’s car and then driving over one of his legs was remanded in custody by the Dublin Children’s Court today.

The doctor was left with a broken leg and unable to perform surgery following the incident in which he was allegedly dragged from his car, after he had made a wrong turn.

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 said today were repeatedly broken.

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

Judge Bryan Smyth today heard evidence from three gardaí who said they witnessed the teenager in breach of his curfew conditions.

Defence solicitor Mr John Quinn said his client accepted some of the garda evidence that he had not kept to his bail terms.

Judge Smyth remanded the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, in custody to St Patrick’s Institution appear again on Thursday when he is to be served with the book of evidence in the case and will be returned for trial.

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 garda 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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