Trial delay for teen Jobstown teen

Trial delay for teen Jobstown teen

A HEARING to decide the trial venue of a 16-year-old boy accused of false imprisonment of Tanaiste Joan Burton and one of her advisors during the Jobstown protest has been adjourned.

The schoolboy is accused of falsely imprisoning the Labour leader and her political advisor Karen O'Connell during the water protest at the Fortunestown Road in Jobstown in Tallaght, Dublin, on November 15, 2014.

Gardai alleged violence broke out while the Tanaiste and her entourage were trapped in a ministerial car for about three hours.

Today the boy appeared again at the Dublin Children's Court for a preliminary hearing to deal with the issue of jurisdiction. This determines whether the case will be kept in the juvenile court or instead go to the Circuit Court which as tougher sentencing powers.

However because a Garda witness was unavailable, Judge John O'Connor adjourned the case for two weeks.

Earlier, defence counsel Imelda Kelly (instructed by solicitor Michael Finucane) was granted an order for disclosure of 50 to 60 hours of video evidence and 300 statements obtained by gardai.

Five other juvenile males are currently before the Children's Court in connection with the protest. Last week one teen pleaded not guilty to a violent disorder charge and had an April trial date set.

Two other youths pleaded guilty last week to violent disorder charges and had their sentencing adjourned to see if the Tanaiste and her political advisor wanted to give victim impact statements.

Another youth is also awaiting sentence in March while the youngest defendant, a 15-year-old boy who was aged 13 at the time is due back in court in February to enter a plea to a violent disorder charge.

Last month, Paul Murphy TD was sent forward for trial accused of false imprisonment of the Labour leader and her advisor.

The DPP consented to him and 17 other people from Dublin being returned for trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. They face a variety of charges which include false imprisonment, violent disorder and criminal damage to garda cars.