Boy (16) accused of burglary during which woman with baby jumped from window

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The boy was arrested in connection with a burglary at an address in Tallaght
The boy was arrested in connection with a burglary at an address in Tallaght

A TEENAGER, who has been charged over a house raid where a mother allegedly escaped by jumping out an upstairs window clutching her baby, has been remanded in custody.

The 16-year-old boy is one of two youths charged with burglary at an address in Tallaght on June 7 last.

He had been granted conditional bail with several strict conditions including having to sign on at a garda station daily, obey a curfew and not to associate with another youth. 

However, he later skipped court and was picked up in Galway. Judge James Faughnan was told at the Dublin Children's Court that the teen also breached the curfew condition on six occasions.

Defence solicitor Aenghus McCarthy told Judge Faughnan that a bail application was not being made and his client, who did not address the court, consented to being remanded in custody to appear again next week.

No plea was entered but at the next hearing a ruling could be made as to whether his trial will held in the juvenile court or sent forward to the Circuit Court which has tougher sentencing powers.

Earlier the Children's Court was told  gardai had fears there would be witness intimidation.

Garda Colin Hetherington had said at a previous stage that it was alleged there was a riot outside the house and a front window was smashed. The defendant and another boy were allegedly seen going into the house and heading upstairs. One of the teens was allegedly seen smashing a bedroom front window.

Gda Hetherington had said it was alleged the woman “jumped out the bedroom window with her 18-month old baby in her hands”.

The boys were arrested after they were allegedly found hiding in a bedroom. The court had heard earlier that the the pair were related to the woman who “since the incident has been living in fear”.

His co-accused is one of his cousins and is also before the courts in connection with the alleged incident.