DIRECTIONS are being sought from the DPP in the case of a 12-year-old boy who appeared before the children’s court on theft charges.
The boy, who turns 13 next month, is charged with stealing a pedal bike from a car park in the city last summer and with handling another pedal bike, which was also stolen.
It is alleged the offences happened at a location in the city centre on July 26 last, near where the defendant lives.
Solicitor Sarah Ryan was assigned to represent the defendant who appeared in court with his mother yesterday afternoon.
When the case was called, Sergeant Donal Cronin requested a two month adjournment to allow gardai seek directions from the DPP - given the age of the defendant, who can’t be identified.
Sgt Cronin said the young boy has been deemed unsuitable for participation in a garda youth diversion programme and that the case can’t proceed any further without the “express consent” of the DPP.
Under the provisions of the Children’s Act, the DPP must be consulted in relation to prosecutions of juveniles aged under 14.
Judge Mary Larkin was visibly shocked when she was informed the defendant, was aged just 12.
When asked by the judge, Ms Ryan said The Child and Family Agency has had no interaction with her client or his family and she added that he has never been in court before and is not someone who has come to the repeated attention of gardai.
Adjourning the case until the end of March, Judge Larkin told the defendant, “It is very important that you do not get involved in activity that results in you being brought before the court.”