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Teen accused of attacking his mother

Teen accused of attacking his mother

A TEENAGE boy charged with attacking his mother has been granted bail on condition he resides in a homeless shelter.

The youth, who is in his mid-teens, is charged with criminal damage at his Dublin home and assault causing harm to his mother in connection with an incident earlier this week.

He appeared before Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday but his mother would not attend the hearing or stand bail. The court heard the teen's mother “is in a lot of fear”.

Judge O'Connor said the legislation stated a parent must attend the case but  was told the boy's father has no contact with the defendant. “I don't talk to him,” the teen said.

The judge said said the mother has to attend the proceedings although it was a difficult situation because she is the complainant.

The Child and Family Agency said the only option currently available to the teen would be in a hostel that provides nightly accommodation to young homeless people. Judge O'Connor said the Children's Court did not have the power to remand a young person in custody on welfare grounds.

Bail was granted with the conditions that he is to be of good behaviour and he was ordered to reside at the hostel. Breaching the terms would result in being sent to a juvenile detention centre, the teen was warned.

The boy, who has not yet entered plea, was assigned a lawyer and was ordered to appear again on a later date.