Teenager admits role in County Limerick hijacking incident

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse, Mulgrave Street

Limerick Courthouse, Mulgrave Street

A TEENAGER has pleaded guilty to charges relating to a hijacking incident in County Limerick last year.

When arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court, the 17-year-old admitted unlawfully seizing a vehicle at Gortboy, Newcastle West in the early hours of January 2, 2018.

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting one of the occupants of the car at a location between Newcastle West and Rathkeale on the same date.

The charges relate to an incident during which a man and his son were travelling in a blue Volksagen Jetta which was initially flagged down by three men near the Tesco store at Gortboy, Newcastle West at around 12.30am.

The culprits then threatened the occupants of the car and forced the father to drive them to Askeaton where they assaulted him before fleeing on foot.

A major garda investigation was launched following the incident and a number of arrests were made before a file was forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The youth was charged a number of months later and the matter was subsequently sent forward to the circuit court.

After confirming the teenager’s guilty pleas were acceptable to the State, Lilly Buckley BL, instructed by State Solicitor Aidan Judge, said a pre-santioned probation report must be prepared before the youth can be sentenced.

Barrister Kenny Kerins agreed and the matter was adjourned to next month.