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Deadline extended in case of teen accused of school hammer attack

Deadline extended in case of teen accused of school hammer attack

A JUDGE has given the DPP another three weeks to decide if a then 12-year-old Dublin boy should be tried for possessing a knife and producing a hammer during an assault on his teacher.

Judge John O'Connor granted an adjournment on Thursday at the Dublin Children's Court for a special direction from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to be obtained

Earlier, Judge O'Connor had explained to the boy, now aged 13, and to his mother that due to the his young age, the direction was needed as to whether the case will go ahead.

At an earlier hearing, defence counsel Damian McKeone has raised concerns about it not being available.

The special direction was not forthcoming when the case resumed on Thursday. However, the youth and his mother were unable to attend court and the case was adjourned in their absence.

Judge O'Connor has marked the case peremptory against the State, meaning it could be struck out on the next date if the DPP's direction is not available on the next date.

The court has heard part of the delay was because the DPP's office was waiting for a report from the Garda juvenile liaison office in relation to the boy, who has not yet entered a plea.

He is accused of two offences arising out of an alleged incident last month at his secondary school.

He is charged with production of a large hammer during an assault and unlawful possession of a knife as a weapon at his school. It allegedly happened during a meeting with his year head and a decision is awaited on whether or not he will be expelled.

He must obey a number of bail terms including a 9pm to 8am curfew at his home.