Teen banned from contacting his mum who is allegedly "in fear of her life" of him

Teen banned from contacting his mum who is allegedly "in fear of her life" of him

A DUBLIN teenager has been barred from contacting his mother who is allegedly "in fear of her life" of him.

The schoolboy, who is in his mid-teens, was charged with criminal damage to a window at his home as well as fixtures and fittings belonging to his mother. He has an additional charge for giving a false name to a Garda, contrary to the Public Order Act.

Both offences are alleged to have happened on the same day.

The boy, who was arrested earlier this week, was brought to appear before Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court. He made no reply when charged with the offences and remained silent for most of the hearing.

A garda said the boy's mother stated "she doesn't want him at the home address". The mother was present for the hearing but was not required to give evidence. 

Garda John Beckett said she "is in fear for her life for the way her son is acting towards her". There were also concerns the teen would "intimidate" her as she is a witness and the named injured party in the criminal damage charge.

Initially the court was told that the boy had nowhere else to reside or any one to take up guardianship. Another relative, however, later arrived at the court and her offer to take the teenager was accepted by the judge.

The boy was ordered to stay at specific address, to obey a 9pm to 7am curfew and to stay away from his mother's home as well as the immediate vicinity . He was ordered to go to school daily.

Judge O'Connor warned him that pending his next hearing he can have no contact with his mother and in relation to the bail terms he added that "I can always look at these again".

The boy replied saying "yes" when warned if he understood that he could be remanded in custody for breaking the bail conditions.

Tusla, the state child and family agency, have also been contacted and were represented at the hearing by solicitor Adrian Lennon who said he would take instructions.

The boy also has his own legal representation and has not yet indicated how he will plead. Directions from the DPP need to be obtained.

The case will resume later this month.