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Boy (12) in court accused of stealing mobile phone in Temple Bar

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A 12-YEAR-OLD boy has appeared in court accused of stealing a mobile phone in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

He is charged with theft of the €250 phone in Temple Bar on Feb. 26 last.

He was charged after he was arrested in the same area at about 2am on May 14 last, Judge Alan Mitchell heard at the Dublin Children’s Court on Tuesday.

Judge Mitchell noted from defence counsel Damian McKeone that special directions need to be obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions in light of the boy’s young age. The judge told the boy who was accompanied to court by a family member, that this will determine whether the trial should proceed. 

The boy previously turned down the chance to be dealt with by a Garda caution instead of going to court.

There was no objection to bail.

Judge Mitchell adjourned the case for two weeks.