Teen charged with rioting at Love Ulster rally

A teenager has been charged for rioting, looting and indecent exposure during the violence that erupted at the Orange Order’s Love Ulster rally in Dublin last February.

A teenager has been charged for rioting, looting and indecent exposure during the violence that erupted at the Orange Order’s Love Ulster rally in Dublin last February.

The 17-year-old boy appeared before the Dublin Children’s Court today facing two charges for engaging in violent disorder with other unknown persons, putting fear in another’s safety at O’Connell St and O’Connell Bridge, on February 25 last.

He also faces one charge for burglary of the Schuh shop that was ransacked during the riots and a fourth for exposing his penis, at O’Connell St, in connection with the same incidents.

In an outline of the prosecution’s evidence Garda Brian Amerlynck of the Bridewell Station told Judge Patrick Brady it was alleged that the north Dublin teenager threw steel barriers at a Garda public order unit, on O’Connell Bridge.

“At O’Connell Street, it is alleged he pushed over a wheelie bin that was on fire, threw a plastic barrier at gardaí. He kicked over a moped then revved its engine while it was on fire.”

“It’s alleged he threw missiles, 16 in total and mostly glass bottles, at gardaí.”

The Garda also added that it was alleged that the boy entered the Schuh Shop on O’Connell St twice, while it was being looted, with intent to commit a burglary.

Judge Brady refused jurisdiction to hear the case in the Children’s Court and held that instead the case was suitable to be dealt with in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The teenager, who was accompanied to court by his father, was remanded on continuing bail until November when he is to be served with the book of evidence in the case and returned for trial to the higher court.

The teen is the fourth juvenile to come before the courts over incidents during the Love Ulster rally.

One homeless 16-year-old boy was given the probation act for the burglary of a shoe shop on O’Connell St during the riots after the Children’s Court accepted that he had acted in an opportunistic way.

A teenage asylum seeker, from Georgia, is currently facing sentence in the Children’s Court for taking part in looting during the same riots.

A similar charge was brought against a north inner city Dublin teenager but was later withdrawn.

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