Smithfield horse fair shooting: Boy remanded in custody

A 17-year-old boy, who allegedly shot at two men with an “improvised firearm” during Dublin's Smithfield horse fair last month, was further remanded in custody today.

A 17-year-old boy, who allegedly shot at two men with an “improvised firearm” during Dublin's Smithfield horse fair last month, was further remanded in custody today.

The boy, who cannot be identified because he is a juvenile, had been charged last week at the Dublin Children's Court, also located in Smithfield, with violent disorder and unlawful possession of an “improvised firearm” in connection with the incident on March 6 last.

He had been remanded in custody and appeared again today at the Children's Court where Judge John Lindsay was told that the State needed to get directions from the DPP.

The boy, whose mother was present for the case, was remanded in custody for a further two weeks. No application for bail was made.

Earlier the court had heard that “further more serious charges” could be brought against the teen.

Two men were wounded after being shot in the hip and leg and another male was injured from a slash hook at the monthly market in the city centre which was attended by up to 4,500 horse traders and spectators.

The youth who was arrested in Dundalk, Co. Louth on March 26 last, was the third person to be charged in connection with the violence during the horse fair.

At the boy's first court appearance, on March 29 last, Garda Colm Kelly had said it was alleged the teen “played a major part in the violence,” had an improvised firearm at the Smithfield market and “discharged it at two males in a public area”.

The incident was connected to a feud and a man injured by another person with a machete needed “a number of operations to save his arm,” the court had heard.

Garda Kelly had also said that the boy had a number of addresses including two in Northern Ireland as well as one in Tallaght, in Dublin and there were concerns that he may not turn up for his case if the court granted bail.

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