Teen charged with stealing motorbike from the airport

Teen charged with stealing motorbike from the airport

A YOUTH charged with stealing a high-powered motorbike from a Dublin Airport car park has been remanded in custody.

The 17-year-old boy was sent to a detention centre for a week after he refused to obey a bail condition stating he would have to obey a nightly curfew.

He appeared at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday/today (wed) charged with stealing a UK registered BMW motorbike from Block-A of the short-term car park at the airport in the early hours of January 6th. He also has additional charges for driving without a licence or insurance.

Garda Kevin Nolan told Judge John O'Connor the north Dublin youth made no reply when he was charged. 

The Garda asked for an adjournment to allow time to obtain directions from the DPP and he said there was no objection to bail with conditions the teenager would stay away from Dublin Airport and obey a curfew from 10pm to 8am. The court heard the teenager had been arrested for the motorbike theft at 1.05am on the M1 southbound at the airport. He also has an unrelated charge for possessing cannabis on a different date.

However, the teenager, who has not yet entered a plea to the charges, sighed and said he would not obey a curfew. The judge told him that if he abided by the condition it would be made less onerous at a later stage.

“I don't care, I don't want a curfew,” the youth replied, and was told this meant he would be remanded in custody. His mother said there was no point in giving him a curfew he would not obey. The teenager again said he would not obey a curfew order.

He was given time to think about it after which his solicitor told the court the boy told him he would not keep to the curfew. Judge O'Connor remanded him in custody to appear again next week.