Longford teen (17), allegedly found with seven inch blade after garda chase

Special court sitting hears how boy allegedly assaulted ex-fiancee as she slept on couch

Longford Courthouse.

A teenager, whose six siblings are currently in the care of the state, has been remanded in detention after appearing at a special court sitting in Longford this afternoon

A 17-year-old Longford teenager whose six siblings were taken into care last month, has been remanded detention on foot of alleged knife possession and assaulting his ex fiancee while she lay asleep on a couch.

 

The teen, who does not turn 18 until August, was brought before a special sitting of Longford District Court this afternoon.

The court heard details of how the juvenile, currently on bail for theft, was allegedly one of two individuals who assaulted his former partner at McKeon Park, Farnagh, Longford on April 28.

Inspector Paddy McGirl said officers arrested the accused yesterday after an alleged burglary incident at 5:30am. During a follow up search of a premises at midday, gardaí found the accused in the company of his co-accused Charles Reilly (29) 37 McKeon Park, Longford.

He said when gardaí entered the property, they found both suspects together with two mobile phones which were believed to have been stolen earlier that morning.

When officers approached the teenager, Inspector McGirl said the accused attempted to flee, prompting gardaí to take off in pursuit.

When he was apprehended a short time later, the court was told the boy was found in possession of a seven inch knife.

He was later charged on foot of that incident, together with a section 3 assault on his ex fiancee and trespass.

A further charge relating to an alleged criminal damage incident at 17 Ardnacassa Avenue on May 10 which resulted in damage being caused to a female motorist's windscreen and rear passenger window was also handed into presiding Judge Kevin Kilraine.

Mr Reilly was similarly charged with trespass, no insurance and being at the wheel without holding a driving licence.

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail to a sitting of Harristown District Court next Friday on the proviso an independent surety of €3,000 is lodged on his behalf.

Inspector McGirl said the state would be objecting to bail in connection to Mr Reilly's alleged co-accused on the basis he was on bail at the time of the charges.

He also revealed the teen's inability to abide by his existing bail terms had led to two High Court warrants being issued for breach of bail alongside four separate warrants.

The court also heard reservations about the boy's home life with Inspector McGirl indicating there were "very little family supports" in place.

As revealed by the Leader towards the latter end of last month, it was reaffirmed how six of the schoolboy's brothers and sisters had been taken into care.

His mother, Judge Kilraine, was informed was still serving out a sentence in the Dochas Centre for women in Dublin.

Inspector McGirl also revealed the boy's father did not turn up at Longford garda station either yesterday or ahead of this afternoon's court sitting despite being contacted by gardaí over his son's arrest.

Defence solicitor Fiona Baxter argued she harboured "very serious concerns" concerning the strength of evidence the state had in choosing to prosecute her client.

She insisted the boy had an alibi and was with his father when the alleged trespass incident occurred. She added the section 3 assault charge levelled against the teen was down to his ex partner trying to "get back at him".

She said: "He entered into a new relationship. There were a number of attempts made by his ex fiancee to rekindle the relationship but he rejected them and he will say it was her way of trying to get back at him."

Ms Baxter appealed with Judge Kilraine to opt against remanding the boy to detention as his father remained considerably ill at home and is due to undergo surgery next Tuesday.

Judge Kilraine adjourned the teenager's bail application and remanded him to Oberstown Detention Centre until next Tuesday.

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