Limerick teenager who went missing from care is sentenced

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A YOUTH who absconded from University Hospital at the weekend has been sentenced to six months detention after a bench warrant for his arrest was executed.

A YOUTH who absconded from University Hospital at the weekend has been sentenced to six months detention after a bench warrant for his arrest was executed.

The 16-year-old boy was brought before Limerick Court this morning after he presented himself at Henry Street garda station in the company of his father yesterday evening.

On Monday, Judge Eugene O’Kelly issued a bench warrant for his arrest after he was told the youth had gone missing from HSE care.

The judge was told the defendant, who faces multiple charges, had been released on bail on Saturday after he was refused admission to Oberstown House in Dublin due to a lack of available beds.

However, this morning, Sgt Donal Cronin said a place had become available at Oberstown House in the meantime.

The judge sentenced the teenager to six months detention in relation to criminal damage and theft charges dating back to July 2012.

Judge O’Kelly commented that he was satisfied the youth, who was previously described as being “completely out of control”, would be detained at a secure facility where his welfare would be looked after.