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Teen accused of ramming parked garda vehicle in Dublin with stolen car

CourtsBy Sunday World Magazine
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A TEENAGE boy is to face trial accused of ramming a garda patrol vehicle with a stolen car.

The 17-year-old boy was charged on Thursday with endangerment of life by driving at a stationary garda patrol vehicle resulting in a collision at the Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin, on May 3 last.

He is also accused of motor theft, dangerous driving and not having a licence in connection with the incident.

Garda Warren O'Sullivan told the Dublin Children's Court that the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, made no reply to the charges.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by two relatives and a youth worker as well as his solicitor, was granted legal aid.

There was no objection to bail and Judge John O'Connor ordered the boy to appear again in three weeks.

A preliminary hearing has to take place to decide if the case will stay in the juvenile court or get transferred to the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

The court must hear an outline of the allegations. It can accept jurisdiction for serious offences by taking into consideration the age and level of maturity of the defendant as well as any other relevant factors.