Youth charged with vandalising church

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
St Fergal's Church Bray (Pic: St Fergal's)
St Fergal's Church Bray (Pic: St Fergal's)

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy charged with vandalising a church in Co. Wicklow has been refused bail by Judge Deirdre Gearty at the Dublin Children's Court.

The youth, who cannot be named because he is a minor, appeared in court today charged with criminal damage to the front door of St Fergal's Church in Bray on August 23rd last.

He also faced other charges for stealing two hurleys and two baseballs from a shop in the town on August 21st and an alleged breach of the peace at a shop Bray on a date last month.

Judge Gearty heard that the teen, who was accompanied to court by his mother and his solicitor, was allegedly identified by gardai who obtained CCTV evidence. The juvenile court was told it was alleged the teenager had been in a group at the church and was “carrying a hurley” and it was a further claimed he damaged the church's front door.

He was stopped later that day with another person and he claimed they were on their way to a field to play hurling.

It was alleged that during the public order incident at a shop last month the teenager had been refused entry. He raised a hurley stick and threatened a security guard that he would “give him staples in your head”, the court was told.

Defence solicitor Aenghus McCarthy asked the court to grant bail with conditions including a curfew and an order not to associate with certain people. However, bail was refused and the boy, who has not yet entered a plea, was remanded in custody to appear again next week.