SEARCHES are continuing for a 15-year-old boy who absconded from custody ahead of a scheduled court appearance.
The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, faces multiple charges relating to incidents which happened at locations across the city over a four month period last year.
He is accused of breaking into two houses in Castletroy in the early hours of December 3 last and with possession of a knife at one of the houses.
The youth, who is in foster care, is also accused of stealing several cars and a pedal bike on dates in September, October and November.
Prior to his escape from custody yesterday afternoon, he had been serving a period of six months detention at Oberstown Boys School in Dublin.
When the case of the teenager was called at a sitting of the Children’s Court, Judge Mary Larkin was told the defendant was not present as he had absconded having been brought from Oberstown to Limerick earlier in the day.
Solicitor Ted McCarthy said there had been no indication of any difficulties during the journey down prior to his arrival.
“The car door opened to let him out and he ducked and ran,” he said.
Noting that the teenager was not present in court, Judge Mary Larkin issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
The judge had previously expressed concerns about the behaviour of the youth.
Last month, a sitting of the children’s court was interrupted because of his abusive and aggressive behaviour in the cell area of the courtroom.
In December the boy shouted foul-mouthed abuse after a curfew of 6pm was imposed as a condition of his bail.