Youth facing trial for his part in alleged car-jacking incident

Youth facing trial for his part in alleged car-jacking incident

A DUBLIN youth is facing trial for taking part in an alleged car-jacking incident last year.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a juvenile, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court today.

He is charged with unlawfully seizing a black Toyata Yaris by force, at Centra, at Hampton Wood, Finglas, Dublin, on November 8 last year.

Garda John Harrington told Judge John O'Connor that the DPP has recommended that the case should be dealt with on indictment. This means it should be heard at the higher level, in the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

Judge O'Connor ordered disclosure of the prosecution evidence to defence solicitor John Quinn and he adjourned the case until June 23 next. A “section 75” hearing will take place which will include an outline of the allegations.

This allows the juvenile court discretion to consider accepting jurisdiction for a serious offence by taking into consideration the age and level of maturity of a defendant as well as any other factors deemed relevant.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by a family member, has not yet indicated how he will plead. There was no objection to bail providing he continues to reside at his current address and obeys a curfew from 10pm to 7am.