A 16-year-old boy accused of stealing a woman’s car and running her over with it has been further remanded in custody by the Dublin Children’s Court pending directions from the DPP.
Judge David Anderson was told that the DPP was recommending that because the defendant is a juvenile, the Children’s Court must decide whether or not the case should be sent forward to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.
However, Judge Anderson said the DPP must give that direction.
The teenager, who cannot be identified because he is a juvenile, has been charged at Children’s Court under the Non-Fatal Offences of the Persons Act with reckless endangerment by stealing the car and driving it over, the woman, “creating a substantial risk of death or serious harm”, at Rowlagh Avenue, in Clondalkin, in Dublin, on August 11 last.
He also faces related charges for theft of her car, dangerous driving and driving without a licence and insurance, on the same date.
The teenage boy, who is in custody on other matters, was remanded to appear again in February.
On that date, the defence is to also to make submissions under Section 75 of the Children Act pleading for the case to be retained in the juvenile court.
This part of the legislation sets out grounds where the Children’s Court can retain jurisdiction for a case involving serious allegations, by taking into consideration the age and level of maturity of a juvenile defendant – a person under the age of 18