Youths charged over attack in car park of Limerick shopping centre

Youths charged over attack in car park of Limerick shopping centre

The Courthouse, Mulgrave Street

A TEENAGE boy was remanded in custody over the weekend after he was charged in connection with a violent incident in the car park of the Crescent Shopping Centre.

The 17-year-old, who has an address in the city centre, was one of two youths who appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court on Sunday afternoon.

Both teenagers are charged with the attempted robbery of another man during an incident which happened in the car park of the Crescent Shopping Centre on Saturday night.

The second youth, who is aged 17, is also accused of producing a weapon – namely a knife with a three-inch blade – during the incident.

That accused has an address in the Dooradoyle area of the city. He was released on bail subject to certain conditions.

Opposing bail in the case of the second defendant, Garda Shane O’Neill said it will be alleged a number of youths surrounded a car in the car park of the shopping centre at around 9.30pm on Saturday.

He said two men who were in the car were threatened and assaulted by the group of youths and that one of them was struck with a hockey stick.

He said the incident continued for several minutes before gardai arrived at the scene having been alerted.

The two defendants were arrested in the city centre around an hour later and both, the court heard, have made ‘certain admissions’.

Objecting to bail under the provisions of Section 2 of the Bail Act, Garda O’Neill told Judge Flann Brennan he feared the defendant would engage in further criminality if released.

In his evidence, the defendant told his solicitor Con Barry that he was willing to abide by any bail conditions imposed by the court.

Mr Barry submitted his client, who is studying for the Leaving Cert, should only be remanded in custody as “a last resort”.

However, Judge Brennan disagreed saying he was satisfied to refuse bail given the garda objection.

The youth was remanded to Oberstown detention centre in Dublin and is due before the Children’s Court again this Tuesday.

His co-accused is due in court again next month.

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