Teen remanded on bail

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A 16-year-old Dublin boy who spent almost two weeks in custody following a domestic violence incident has been remanded on continuing bail. Teen

He had been allowed home with conditions, including drug testing, just before Christmas and today he appeared again at Dublin Children's Court.

Judge John O'Connor adjourned the case for four weeks.

The youth had been charged with criminal damage to a door at his house on a date in December.

His mother would not take him back initially and he was remanded in custody for two weeks.

But she later relented and he was released on bail with conditions.

The teenager was ordered to obey a nightly curfew, not engage in threatening behaviour and to attend addiction counselling.

He must abstain from drugs and alcohol and also be prepared to be tested for drugs if asked and he has to take up a place on an educational course.

He has indicated he understood when warned by the judge that he would go back into custody if he broke the terms.

Judge O'Connor was furnished with welfare reports on the teenager earlier.

He had said the boy's problems stemmed from abuse of cannabis as well as Benzodiazepine tablets which are similar to Valium. Judge O'Connor said the case was very serious and involved an assault on the youth's step-father as well as three gardai.

The judge had said he noted that this happened in the presence of younger children “who could be affected their whole lives” and he added, “it is simply because of your drug taking”.

The judge has warned the boy that he “will be straight back in” if he breaches the bail terms.