He blessed himself hurriedly as he was brought before the Dublin Children’s Court charged with attempted robbery at Applewood, Swords, Dublin, on April 13.
Garda Aine McGee objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence and attempts made by the 17-year-old to avoid arrest. She said the teen made no reply when charged on Tuesday.
It was alleged a delivery man was at the back of a shop where the teenager became verbally abusive and demanded his phone.
She said the delivery man was “viciously assaulted with a glass bottle and was kicked and thumped”.
The teenager had been in a nearby shop earlier and was put out. About 20 minutes after the attempted robbery gardaí arrived and found that paramedics were having trouble with the accused, it was alleged.
He was in the back of an ambulance and his friends told gardaí the teenager had been attacked.
The court also heard that afterwards gardaí had difficulty finding him and that when he realised they had a warrant to arrest him “he ran again” .
Defence solicitor Ciara Hallinan said the youth’s girlfriend is expecting a child and this will give him direction in life. He had been abusing tablets and alcohol since he was aged 15, the court heard.
The solicitor said her client, who was accompanied to court by his mother, would abide by bail conditions.
However, Judge John O’Neill refused bail and remanded the youth, who has not yet entered a plea, in custody. It is expected he will make a High Court application for bail next week.