Garda concern over teen’s return to Shannon

A teenage boy alleged to have carried out a spate of offences in Shannon has been granted bail.

At Ennis Children’s Court last week, Judge Patrick Durcan granted bail to the 17 year old but warned him he would go to Oberstown Detention Centre if he breaches any of the bail conditions.

Judge Durcan issued the warning as gardaí expressed “grave concern” about the boy being allowed to return to live in the Shannon area.

The court heard the boy was granted bail last December in the days before Christmas on condition he live with a relative outside Clare.

The boy was brought back before the court last Wednesday on three new charges arising from alleged offences in August 2018.

Garda Noel Carroll of Shannon Garda Station told the court gardaí were opposing bail on the new charges.

Gda Carroll told the court the address outside Clare previously available to the accused is no longer available.

Gda Carroll said, “We’d have grave concerns of him coming back to Shannon.”

Sgt Aiden Lonergan said remanding a juvenile in custody was not a course of action often taken by the State but he said there was a high level of concern in this case.

He said the youth was granted bail in December on strict conditions and one those conditions has already been breached.

The court also heard the accused missed a number of appointments offered by the Probation Services

Defence solicitor Stiofán Fitzpatrick told the court his client was asked to leave the other house after he brought a female companion back to the house. He said the client’s relatives did not allow this and the teenager was thrown “out on his ear.”

Mr Fitzpatrick asked that his client’s bail conditions be amended to allow him live in the Shannon area with his family.

“He has asked me for one final chance. He knows he’s reached the end of the road,” he added.

Judge Patrick Durcan said he was going to allow bail to continue for the boy but warned him that he must abide by all the conditions.

“I want to give you a final warning. If there is any breach you will go to Oberstown,” he said.

The teenager was remanded on bail to appear again in court later this month.

The teen was previously charged with criminal damage and theft offences arising from alleged events in areas of Shannon on October 25, 2018. 

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