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Teen remanded in custody over joyride rampage

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Teen remanded in custody over joyride rampage

A DUBLIN youth is to face trial over an alleged motor theft and dangerous driving rampage.

The 17-year-old boy was remanded in custody yesterday when he appeared at the Dublin Children's Court charged with stealing a 2014 'reg vehicle from a residence in Stamullen in Co. Meath, on March 4 last.

He also faces three counts of dangerous driving three days later at the Walshestown roundabout and at two locations on the R132 in north Co. Dublin, and he is accused of causing criminal damage to another vehicle on the same date.

The boy also has an additional charge for possessing stolen registration plates for another vehicle.

He replied “sorry” after the charges were put to him.

The DPP has recommended trial on indictment, Judge James Faughnan heard. This means the case should be sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing power.

However, the defence are to make submissions pleading for the case to be kept in the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

The teenager, who also has other charges including failing to appear in court and trespassing, did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody to appear again later this month.

Legal aid was granted and the judge directed the prosecution to provide disclosure of evidence to the boy's lawyer.