Sunday 17 December 2017

Youth remanded in custody after breaking curfew

A JUVENILE charged with defacing several walls with spray paint, was remanded in custody at Wexford District Court after a garda sergeant said he was apprehended last weekend at the scene of criminal damage to cars while under a curfew.

The 17-year-old youth who cannot be named because he is underage, was accompanied in court by his mother.

He is charged with defacing walls on December 10, 2009 at Mayglass parish church; Ballylibernagh, Bridgetown; Sallystown, Murrintown; Tullybards, Bridgetown; Mayglass national school; Hodgesmill, Piercestown, and Denistown, Murrintown.

He is also charged with being in possession of a knife at Mulgannon on October 24, 2010.

Inspector Pat McDonald told Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla that he was applying for a remand in custody.

He said the defendant had been sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court and came to the attention of the gardai in recent days.

Sergeant John Barrett told the court that the accused was apprehended at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning during an ongoing investigation into damage to nine cars in total, involving certain offensive weapons.

Sergeant Barrett said the defendant was arrested at the scene. He was under a curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the time. Inspector McDonald said the gardai had a fear that he was going to commit further offences.

Ed King, solicitor said custody should be a last resort in the case of a young person. He said the defendant's mother was in court and he had outlined the seriousness of the situation to her.

He suggested that stricter bail conditions might assist, including a longer curfew and signing on twice daily.

Judge O Buachalla said 'He was in breach of his conditions. I'm afraid it must be a remand in custody.'

He adjourned the case to November 22.

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