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Youth went on €8k shopping spree with stolen bank card

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Youth went on €8k shopping spree with stolen bank card

A TEENAGER is awaiting trial accused of going on a €8,000 spending spree in Dublin with a stolen bank card.

The  17-year-old boy appeared at the Dublin Children's Court charged with 26 counts of theft from a named man on Aug. 13 last. 

The incidents are alleged to have taken place in Dublin city-centre as well as in Donnybrook and Dolphin's Barn. They allegedly happened at a hotel and various retailers including: a Maxol garage,  Marks & Spencer, a Centra shop, a Spar shop, a Gamestop outlet, Argos, Carphone Warehouse, Lifestyle Sports, Footlocker, Eason, Champion

Sports Vodafone and Compu B.

It also alleged that some money was stolen from an ATM at a medical centre.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by a relative and his solicitor, was remanded on bail by Judge John O'Connor to appear again in November for directions from the DPP to be obtained. The boy, who cannot be named because he is a  minor, made no reply when charged and has not yet entered plea.

Legal aid was granted.

A decision has yet to be made on whether the case will remain the Children's Court or be sent forward to the Circuit Court which can impose lengthier sentences.

The juvenile court has discretion to accept jurisdiction for serious cases by taking into consideration the age and level of maturity of a defendant as well as any other factors deemed relevant.