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Teen charged with stealing car from care home

The boy appeared at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday
The boy appeared at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with stealing a car from a children's care home in Dublin following an alleged assault on a member of staff at the facility.

The boy appeared at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday charged with unlawfully taking the car from a children's care home on Thursday.

The boy is in voluntary care but has lost his placement in the care home and the Child and Family Agency (CFA) have arranged new accommodation for him to begin from next Tuesday.

In the meantime, Judge John O'Connor heard, a member of the boy's family has agreed to take him in on condition he obeys a number of conditions. The court heard it was alleged a care worker sustained a serious injury after he was struck with a sock containing a bottle.

The court heard it is alleged the teenager then stole a car from the care home.

Judge John O'Connor ordered the boy to obey a curfew and not to have contact with staff members from the facility where he is no longer allowed to reside, and he has to obey a curfew. The teen's relative, who has taken him in, asked for the boy to be placed under house arrest because he “runs off”.

Judge O'Connor warned the teenager he must obey an 8pm to 8am curfew and that he would be remanded in custody if the bail terms were breached.

Directions from the DPP need to be obtained and the boy was ordered to appear again next week when the CFA are to have a new care home placement available for him.