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Teen faces trial over garda chase that ended with stolen car plunging into the Liffey

Following a pursuit the teenager allegedly crashed through a wall in Celbridge and plunged into the Liffey
Following a pursuit the teenager allegedly crashed through a wall in Celbridge and plunged into the Liffey

A DUBLIN youth is facing trial for leading gardai on a high-speed chase which ended when a stolen car plunged into the Liffey.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court for a preliminary hearing to decide his trial venue.

He is charged with burglary of a house at Weston Drive in Lucan in Dublin in the early hours of April 13 last.

After hearing an outline of the allegations, Judge John O'Connor said the teen was lucky to be alive, and he held that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the juvenile court.

He ruled that the teen should be tried in the Circuit Court which has tougher sentencing powers.

The boy, who was accompanied to the hearing by his mother and a family support worker, was ordered to appear again in four weeks when it is expected he will be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

In an outline of the allegations, the juvenile court was told that the teen and a co-accused, who is separate proceedings, “fished” keys through a door at a house and stole a car from the driveway.

He was allegedly the driver of one stolen car while another youth was in a second vehicle. Following a pursuit the teenager allegedly crashed through a wall in Celbridge and plunged into the Liffey.

He was followed in by another car driven by the alleged accomplice and both youths had to be rescued from the river.

Approximately €20,000 worth of damages were caused to the wall.

Pleading for jurisdiction to be accepted defence solicitor Gareth Noble asked the juvenile court to note that it happened at an unstable time for the boy who at one stage asked to be remanded in custody because of his then chaotic circumstances.

However, the judge refused jurisdiction.

A welfare report on the boy, who has not yet entered a plea, was also ordered by the court.