Dublin teen accused of school hammer attack during meeting with year head

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Children's Court, Smithfield, Dublin
Children's Court, Smithfield, Dublin

A JUDGE has given the DPP a four-week deadline to decide if a then 12-year-old Dublin boy should be tried for possessing a knife and producing a hammer in an assault on his teacher.

The boy, now aged 13, faced his third hearing at the Dublin Children's Court on Tuesday when Judge John O'Connor granted an adjournment for a special direction from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to be obtained.

Last week, Judge John O'Connor had explained to the teen and his mother that due to the boy's young age, the direction was needed as to whether the case will go ahead.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone had raised concerns about it not being available.

The special direction was not forthcoming when the case resumed on Tuesday and Judge O'Connor marked the case peremptory against the State, meaning it could be struck out on the next date if it is not available on the next date.

The court heard that the DPP's office was waiting for a report from the Garda juvenile liaison office in relation to the boy. The boy, who has not yet entered a plea, was accompanied to court by his mother. 

He has been remanded on continuing bail.

He is accused of two offences arising out of an alleged incident last month at his secondary school

He is charged with production of a large hammer during an assault and unlawful possession of a knife as a weapon at his school. It allegedly happened during a meeting with his year head and a decision is awaited on whether or not he will be expelled.

He must obey a number of bail terms including a 9pm to 8am curfew at his home.