Violent car theft teen awaits ruling

Violent car theft teen awaits ruling

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy accused of stealing a car from a children's care home in Dublin after attacking a member of staff is awaiting a ruling on his trial venue.

The boy, who is in care, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday on a charge of unlawfully taking the car from a care home on September 3 last.

The court has already heard it was alleged a care worker at the facility sustained a serious injury after he was struck with a sock containing a bottle. Judge John O'Connor noted the teenage defendant has complied with bail conditions.

The youth, who was accompanied to court by a family member and a care worker from his current children's home, was ordered to appear again in November.

A hearing has to be held to determine if his case will stay in the juvenile court or instead will be sent forward to the circuit court, which can impose lengthier sentences. 

He was moved to a different facility after the alleged motor theft. Judge O'Connor has ordered the boy to obey a curfew and not to have contact with staff members from the facility where he previously lived, and he has to obey a curfew. The youth has been warned that breaching bail would result in being remanded in custody.

The court has also directed disclosure of prosecution evidence to the teen's lawyer.