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25 May 2022

Six teens on violent disorder charges at Longford school

Longford Courthouse.

Six teenagers have appeared in court charged with committing violent disorder at a secondary school.

Six teenagers have appeared in court charged with committing violent disorder at a secondary school.

Gift Osabuehaen (19), 42 Mostrim Oaks, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, David Nevin (18), 8 Camlin Meadows, Farneyhoogan, Longford and Nikolas Bikar (18), 10 Annaly Park, Longford were all charged following an incident at St Mel's College, Ballinalee Road, Longford on April 12 last year.

They appeared alongside three juveniles, who because of their age cannot be named for legal reasons.

The trio range in ages from 14 to 17 years-old.

Sgt Mark Mahon, for the State, said the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had given consent for 'summary disposal', meaning the case could be dealt with at District Court level.

Judge Bernadette Owens said the alleged incident was just the latest in a large volume of violent incidents in Longford which were coming before her.

"I will have to keep a note of how many section 15's (violent disorder) that are coming into this court," she said.

"It seems to be a disproportionate number and that's no fault to the State."

Sgt Mason replied, saying much of that was owing to a high detection rate and was indicating of the "level of work" which was going on at local level.

Judge Owens granted all six accused bail subject to a number of strict conditions.

They included directions that each defendant reside at their home address, to abide by a curfew, to provide a mobile phone number and remain contactable at all times.

Two juveniles who have addresses outside of Longford were also ordered to stay out of the county town.

An order was similarly made for all six to refrain from associating with with each other.

Legal aid was also granted to each of the accused with the case being adjourned until March 22.

It is expected on that date jurisdiction and whether each of the accused intend pleading guilty or not guilty will be decided.

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