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Youth accused of stealing scorpion and tarantula from Dublin library

Asian forest scorpion
Asian forest scorpion

A YOUTH has been charged with stealing exotic animals which were on display at a library in Dublin.

The 17-year-old boy appeared at the Dublin Children's Court on Thursday accused of stealing a Rhino iguana valued €1,600, a Mexican Red Knee tarantula which cost €85 and an Asian forest scorpion that was worth €65 from the Lucan library on July 21 last.

Mexican Red Knee tarantula

He is also accused of attacking a male Garda sergeant as well as a male garda and a female garda on the same date at the two locations nearby on the same date.

His reply to the theft charge was “I gave the stuff back” while he responded “no” when the assault charges were put to him.

Rhino iguana

The youth, who was accompanied to court by his mother and his solicitor, was granted free legal aid and ordered by Judge John O'Connor to appear again later this month. He has not yet indicated how he will plead.