Treatment of teenager 'unacceptable'

A teenager who had agreed to a remand in custody for psychiatric assessment was released on bail after no such assessment was carried out.

Solicitor Ed King described the treatment of theft accused Patrick Boyle from 3 Westgate Park in Wexford as unacceptable. The young man pleaded guilty on a previous occasion to theft from Dunnes Stores in Wexford on February 28. This matter was described by the solicitor as 'minor', though Mr. King acknowledged that his client also faced the possibility that a suspended sentence hanging over his client could be activated.

At the District Court sitting of May 14 in Gorey, Judge Gerard Haughton was told that various dates - three in April and two in May - were given for the psychiatric examination. However, nothing actually happened. By way of explanation, it was variously stated that there was a 'lack of resources' or that there was no formal request for the assessment from the court. The judge agreed with Mr. King that what occurred was unsatisfactory and he agreed to the re-instatement of bail.

The matter stands adjourned until July 21 after the case was certified for the production of psychiatric and psychological reports. Mr. King was optimistic that his client could be examined close to home. In the mean time, Boyle was ordered to sign on at the Garda station in Wexford three times a week, to obey a curfew and to reside with his mother Sinead Boyle at Westgate Park. He thanked the judge before leaving the courtroom in Gorey.

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