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House arrest for 14-year-old Dublin boy accused of stabbing another youth

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The boy has been charged with assault causing harm in connection with an alleged stabbing of a youth in Tallaght
The boy has been charged with assault causing harm in connection with an alleged stabbing of a youth in Tallaght

A 14-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy accused of stabbing a youth has been placed under house-arrest after a court heard juvenile detention centres were full.

At the Dublin Children's Court Judge John O'Connor said the teenager had reached the threshold for having bail revoked but that could not be done because there was nowhere to hold the boy.

The judge also said he was concerned about evidence of witness intimidation and the seriousness of the offence.

The teenager, who was accompanied to court his father, was granted bail but told he will be under “house arrest”. The judge said the boy “looks as innocent as pie” but was out-of-control. He will not be able to leave his home except for going to school and must be accompanied by an adult relative, the court ordered. The case resumes next week.

The boy has been charged with assault causing harm in connection with an alleged stabbing of a youth in Tallaght on a date in January. He has been further charged with criminal damage using paint during an incident on a Luas tram five weeks later.

Garda Kieran Kilcoyne objected to bail citing fears the teenager would continue to engage in witness intimidation. Concerns were also expressed that the boy would use social media.

Gda Kilcoyne said CCTV footage from the Luas showed the boy: “with a gang of lads”.

“He comes down sits on a block of seats and takes out an object, a tin of paint, hands it to another male, puts on his hat and gloves, takes it back, walks towards the young lad, who is the injured party.”

Gda Kilcoyne said the teenager threw paint on the youth and then picked up the can and “pegged it at him”. The incident happened in front of an elderly couple and numerous witness statements have been taken.

Gda Kilcoyne said that the youth was terrified and in a state of panic. He also said there was no control over the boy. The boy whispered to his barrister, which transpired to be a claim he has apologised to the youth.

The youth's parents were outraged by the incidents said Gda Kilcoyne.

Judge O'Connor told the garda: “there is nothing you can do or I can do, there are no places”. He also warned the boy that this would not always be the case and the youngster was told he must adhere to the bail conditions.

The teen's father pledged he and his family would control the teenager who has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charges.