Youth accused of causing over €20k worth of damage during 'crime spree' in Oberstown


A Dublin youth accused of assaulting a staff member and causing more than €20,000 worth of damage at the Oberstown young offenders centre will face a preliminary hearing in four weeks.

The facility in Lusk, north Co Dublin, is the State's main place of detention for underage offenders.

The 17-year-old boy appeared at the Dublin Children's Court charged with theft of a electronic security key fob, assaulting a male unit manager and criminal damage to security doors, a locking mechanism, glass security windows and a door on October 31 last year.

The boy was ordered to appear again later this month for a hearing to decide his trial venue - whether the case should stay in the juvenile court or go to the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

An order was made for disclosure of prosecution evidence to defence solicitor Gareth Noble.

Garda Inspector Declan Yeats has told Judge John O'Connor that it was alleged there was in excess of €20,000 worth of damage caused during the 'incident'.