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Dublin teen to face trial accused of hi-jacking car while armed

Dublin teen to face trial accused of hi-jacking car while armed

A then 12-year-old boy accused of hi-jacking a car while armed with a large metal pole will face trial, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has decided.

The boy, now aged 13, who cannot be named because he is a minor, is charged with unlawfully seizing and taking control of a 04-reg Ford Fiesta by force and being armed with a large metal pole during an unlawful hi-jacking.

The incident is alleged to have happened in a residential area in Tallaght, Dublin on August 27 last year.

The case was listed before Dublin Children's Court on Wednesday to see if the DPP had given a decision on whether the prosecution should proceed.

A special direction from the DPP, as set out under Section 52 of the Children Act, was needed in light of the teen's young age.

Garda David Morris confirmed that the direction has been received and the prosecution is to go ahead.

The boy's barrister Damian McKeone explained that the teen was not present because his mother had forgotten about the court date. Judge Alan Mitchell also accepted that the woman has faced a stressful situation and he did not issue a bench warrant for her son's arrest.

He granted an adjournment until a date in May, when there will be a hearing to determine if the case should stay in the juvenile court or instead go forward to the circuit court which has tougher sentencing powers.

At the boy's previous court appearance in March, Garda David Morris said that the teen made no reply when he was charged.

The conditions of bail state that the boy has to obey a 9pm to 7am curfew at his home and not interfere with witnesses or the injured party in the case.

The teen, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, has been warned he will be held in custody if he breaks the bail terms.