Smithfield shooting accused in court

A teenage boy shot two men with an “improvised firearm” and attacked another person with a stick during rioting at Dublin's Smithfield horse fair in March, a court heard today.

Smithfield shooting accused in court

A teenage boy shot two men with an “improvised firearm” and attacked another person with a stick during rioting at Dublin's Smithfield horse fair in March, a court heard today.

The boy (aged 17), who cannot be identified because he is a juvenile, had been remanded in custody earlier after he was charged at the Dublin Children's Court with violent disorder and unlawful possession of an “improvised firearm” in connection with the non-fatal shooting on March 6 last.

He made his sixth court appearance today for a preliminary hearing to determine the trial venue, whether it would stay in the Children's Court or be sent to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

In an outline of the evidence, Garda Colm Kelly told Judge Ann Ryan that “it is alleged that he had an improvised firearm in his possession; he discharged this firearm at two males hitting both of them.”

Garda Kelly said they were hospitalised and it was alleged that the boy then “attacked a number of people with a stick.”

The court heard that another man suffered “a serious wound to his upper left arm” and while the teenager did not injure him, he “played a part in the violence that surrounded it.”

The garda agreed with defence solicitor Jim Orange that there had been a “ riot going on” and that it was possible that the boy may have been “swept into the general melee.”

“It could be fair to say,” the garda said adding, “but to bring an improvised firearm.”

Judge Ryan deemed that the case was not appropriate to be deal with in the juvenile court and refused jurisdiction.

The case was adjourned for two weeks when the boy is to be served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court.

The boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, did not speak during the proceedings. No application for bail was made.

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

He had been refused bail after the Children's Court heard that the incident was connected to a feud.

Garda Kelly had also said earlier that the boy had a number of addresses including two in the North 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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