Teen charged with robbing elderly woman

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A YOUTH accused of stealing €600 from a 69-year-old woman during a distraction theft at a bank machine on Dublin's Grafton St has been granted bail due to a shortage of detention spaces.

The 17-year-old boy appeared at the Dublin Children's Court charged with the theft which is alleged to have occurred at an AIB bank machine on January 13th. The teenager had been arrested at the weekend, Garda Cathal Feeley said.

In an objection to bail, the court heard that it was alleged the woman had entered her PIN into the ATM and at that point she was distracted by two people who withdrew the money and left.

The teenager was accompanied court bys his father, a Romanian national, who had the proceedings translated by an interpreter.

However, bail was granted after the court heard that the Oberstown or Trinity House juvenile detention centres in north Dublin had no spaces available to hold the youth.

The teenager, who was represented by a solicitor, was ordered to remain out of the Dublin 2 area and not to associate with another named male. He has not yet entered a plea.

The case resumes next week.