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Car theft teen held over crash which left priest hospitalised

Car theft teen held over crash which left priest hospitalised

A TEENAGE boy has been refused bail after he was charged over a serious collision in Dublin which has left a priest hospitalised with serious injuries.

The boy, aged 16, who cannot be named because he is a minor, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court charged with theft of a '03-reg car and dangerous driving in connection with the incident at Blanchardstown Road North on Monday.

The boy was accompanied to court by his mother and his barrister. Garda Padraig Brennan objected to bail citing the seriousness of the charge.

The court heard it would be alleged the teenager lost control of a car and collided with another vehicle carrying a 57-year-old priest who was hospitalised. The court heard he has had to undergo emergency surgery to his legs.

Further charges will be brought against the boy in connection with incident.

Judge John O'Connor remanded the youth in custody to appear again next week. A decision has yet to be made as to whether he will be tried in the juvenile court or if his case will be sent forward to the circuit court which can impose lengthier sentences.

The juvenile court can accept jurisdiction by taking into consideration the age and level of maturity or any other relevant factors of a defendant.