Dublin teen to face trial over false imprisonment in Tallaght

Dublin teen to face trial over false imprisonment in Tallaght

A 16-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy has been sent forward for trial accused of robbery and false imprisonment of a woman who was allegedly forced at knife-point to withdrawn money from an ATM.

The woman, who is in her 20s, had a 15-inch knife, described as a pruning saw, held to her, it has been claimed. She was allegedly brought from Sean Walsh Park to the nearby Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght, Dublin on November 15 last.

The 16-year-old boy, who is in care, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court where he was served with a book of evidence. Earlier, it had been held that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the juvenile court and should go to a higher court which has tougher sentencing powers.

Judge John O'Connor told the teenager, who was accompanied to court by youth workers, that he was being returned for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will appear on April 8 next.

He is charged with false imprisonment of the woman on November 15 last at the Square Shopping Centre. He is also charged with stealing €20 and a phone from two other women during other alleged robberies on the same date.

The juvenile court had heard he had a drug problem has gone missing from care on 63 occasions and at one stage had been found in Dublin city-centre "hanging around with homeless people".

He has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

Another boy, who is also aged 16 and in care, has already been sent forward for trial in connection with the robbery.