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Teen on designer clothes theft charge says he was forced to rob

Teen on designer clothes theft charge says he was forced to rob

A 15-YEAR-OLD, who claimed he was forced to steal when he was charged with theft of €1,300 worth of men's clothing, has been barred from a huge part of south Co. Dublin.

The boy appeared at the Dublin Children's Court on Monday charged with trespassing in a manner that would cause fear at the Palatine Father's religious society's premises in Dundrum in Dublin on Saturday. He also had another charge for stealing 1,300 worth of menswear from the Hollister shop at Dundrum Town Centre.

Judge John O'Connor heard that when charged the teenager told garda “I was made do that theft” while he said “I didn't trespass” in reply to the other charge.

There was no objection to bail providing he remains of the D14, D16 and D18 areas.

The teen, who was accompanied to court by his mother and his solicitor, was also told he must reside at his family home, in Co. Kildare. He will appear again in the coming weeks but has not yet entered a plea.