Youth held as mother refuses to take him

A youth who allegedly smashed the windscreen of his mother's car while she was driving it, was remanded in custody today.

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

The 17-year-old boy was arrested 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, which allegedly occurred this morning.

Garda Barry O'Shea told Judge Catherine Staines that the boy, whose mother was not present, made no reply when he was charged. He objected to bail telling the judge that the boy now had nowhere to reside.

“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 said.

The teenager said he did not live with his father whom he said had left his mother.

Defence solicitor John Quinn said his client was asking for bail to be granted and that the teen wanted to return home, speak with his mother and reconcile with her.

Judge Staines asked if the woman named as the injured party on some of the charge sheets was the boy's mother.

“Her car, her house, she was in a lot of fear at the time, she was driving the car when the window was put through,” said Garda O'Shea. In his objection to bail he said that 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.”

Judge Staines said the HSE would have to become involved otherwise the teen “is going to be homeless.”

Garda O'Shea also said that the teen's mother had not come to the case because she was in fear of the accused assaulting her. He added that she also had to attend a civil court case.

“Divorce,” the teen then said.

Judge Staines said that she did not want to remand the boy in custody “simply because his mother will not take him home.”

The teenager said if bailed he would make up with his mother.

However, Judge Staines remanded him in custody for one night, for him to appear again tomorrow. “You cannot live out on the streets,” she told the teen.

She also said she wanted the HSE to become involved and to be represented at the case and that the teenager's mother would have to attend the proceedings when they resume tomorrow.

Legal aid was granted.


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