A Dublin teenager was today remanded in custody after a court was told he threatened to have his mother and Gardaí shot.
The 17-year-old boy was brought before the Dublin Children’s Court charged with making threats to kill his mother and gardaí, threats to criminally damage his home and for failing to attend a previous court case.
The boy’s mother was in court but was not called to give evidence.
However, Garda Michael Ryan, of Ballymun Station, said that he was seeking to have the teenager remanded in custody on the grounds of threats he made “that we are taking seriously.” At that point the teen called the Garda a “scumbag” and was warned by Judge Miriam Malone that he had to calm down.
Garda Ryan then proceeded to tell the court it was alleged that in the early hours of today the accused stated, in relation to his mother: “If she has me charged I will burn the house down, I’ll fucking kill her you watch me, you watch me.”
Garda Michael Ryan stated that in relation to threats against gardai the boy said: “I will fucking burn the gaff down it takes 15 of them for one 17-year-old. I will have the shooters out and burn that Garda car.”
He also said: “You are a dead man I will get the shooters out to you,” the court was told.
Defence solicitor John Quinn said the boy, who is on a training course, was not denying the threats but they had been borne out of frustration at not being let in his home.
Judge Miriam Malone said there was serious evidence which the boy had not denied.
She was satisfied that “the threats were of a serious nature; the teen had nowhere to reside and had also taken a bench warrant previously.”
She remanded him in custody for one week to St Patrick’s Institution.