Limerick teen on burglary charge has bail revoked

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse, Merchant's Quay 11-12-12
A TEENAGER was remanded in custody after he was arrested four days after being warned he would spend Christmas in detention if he did not obey his bail conditions.

A TEENAGER was remanded in custody after he was arrested four days after being warned he would spend Christmas in detention if he did not obey his bail conditions.

The 17-year-old, who can’t be identified because of his age, was granted bail on December 4, last after he appeared in court accused of having filed-down car keys for an unlawful purpose.

The youth, who is from the Garryowen area, was brought before Limerick Children’s Court on foot of two bench warrants which were previously issued for his arrest after he failed to appear before the court.

Applying for bail last week, solicitor Tom Kiely said his client had not appeared in court on the dates in question as he was serving a nine month sentence in relation to a separate offence.

Gardai objected to a bail application but following emotional pleas from the defendant’s mother, Judge Eugene O’Kelly said he would give him “one last chance” and he granted bail.

The judge imposed a number of strict conditions and warned the youth he would spend Christmas in detention if he did not abide by them.

This week, the judge was told the youth was arrested by Garda Tony Miniter at Summerville Avenue, Dock Road shortly after midnight on December 9, on suspicion of committing a burglary at a house at Hollymount, Raheen earlier that night.

Sgt Dermot Keating, Henry Street, opposed a bail application saying there had been three separate breaches of the bail conditions since December 4.

He said the 17-year-old had broken his curfew, had not been at his home address when gardai called last Saturday and had not signed on, as required, on December 6.

Mr Kiely said his client had been influenced by another “much older” person on the night of the alleged burglary and he said he cooperated with gardai.

Judge O’Kelly refused bail and the case has been adjourned until after Christmas.