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Case sent forward Schoolboy (16) sent to Central Criminal Court on Dublin park rape charge

The Children’s Court does not have has jurisdiction to run a trial in rape cases

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A schoolboy charged with raping a girl at a park in Dublin has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

The boy, aged 16, appeared before Brendan Toale at the Dublin Children’s Court on Thursday charged with the offence on a date last year. He was aged 15 at the time.

A book of evidence was served on him by Child Protective Service Unit Garda Colleen Clarke.

The Director of Public Prosecution consented to trial on indictment.

Judge Brendan Toale granted a return for trial order.

The youth, who was accompanied to court by a family member, was told his case was being sent forward to the Central Criminal Court.

A date for his next hearing has not been scheduled, but it will be during the court term which runs until the end of July.

The youth, represented by solicitor Brian Keenan, was granted legal aid to include representation of junior and senior counsel due to the seriousness of the matter.

The Children’s Court does not have has jurisdiction to run a trial in rape cases.

The boy has agreed to obey a number of conditions.

He must not have any contact with witnesses, directly or indirectly.

The teen also has to stay away from a named location and obey a curfew.

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