Youth with sword had no target in particular

A youth caught “red-handed” armed with a sword in the front yard of Leinster House “had no particular target”, a court has heard.

Youth with sword had no target in particular

Jordan Buckley, 19, from Kells Road, Crumlin, is charged with unlawfully possessing a sword, contrary to section 9.1 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, in connection with the incident on Tuesday.

He was remanded in custody with consent to conditional bail, which he has yet to take up. Once released, the jobless youth must stay away from all Government buildings and departments, “save the Department of Social Welfare”.

Officers from Pearse St Garda Station had arrested him on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, on Tuesday at about 4.30pm, after he reached the front plinth, in the yard of Leinster House. He was taken to Pearse St Garda Station and detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. He was charged at midnight and held in the Garda station until he was brought to appear before Judge Michael Walsh, at Dublin District Court yesterday morning.

Garda Dwayne Conlon told Judge Walsh the youth made “no reply after caution” when he was charged. The officer also told the court he was objecting to bail citing the seriousness of the charge which carries a maximum five-year term.

Gda Conlon said there were several eye-witnesses as well as CCTV evidence.

The teenager remained silent throughout the hearing while his parents watched the proceedings from the public gallery.

Gda Conlon agreed with defence solicitor Paul Hannon that the youth had no history of criminality and there was no evidence of him having any drink or drug issues.

Mr Hannon said his client did not have one particular person in mind as a target during the incident and the garda replied: “Not one person.”

The officer was satisfied that, if the youth was released on bail, he would not commit similar offences.

Judge Walsh set bail in the youth’s own bond of €750, but stated that €250 in cash must be lodged before Mr Buckley can be let out. The teenager was told to stay out of Dublin 2 except when he has to attend consultations with his lawyer and he has to remain sober.

The youth has not entered a plea and directions from the DPP need to be obtained to decide whether the case should stay in the District Court or go to the Circuit Court which has tougher sentencing powers.

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