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Teen Charged With Leaving Cert Party Attack Remanded In Detention Centre

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

03:28 19 Sep 2022

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A teenage boy charged with attacking another teen who was seriously injured in a stabbing outside a Leaving Cert party in Dublin has agreed to stay in a detention centre on remand for another four weeks.

The incident happened as more than 150 young people attended an exam results celebration at Vela nightclub, at Liffey Valley, west Dublin, at about 12.30 am on September 3rd.

Emergency services were called, and a boy in his late teens was rushed by ambulance to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Last week a 16-year-old boy, whose identity cannot be reported because he is a minor, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court.

He is accused of assault causing harm to a male, at the Vela nightclub car park, on September 3, contrary to section three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person act.

He was also charged with possessing a knife as a weapon six days later at another location in west Dublin.

There was no application for bail, and he was remanded in custody with counsel for the defence telling Judge Brendan Toale, "obviously, we are reserving our position".

Today the case resumed, and his barrister Doireann McDonagh said there was no application for bail at this stage. The teen consented to be further held in custody for another four weeks,

The boy did not address the court.

Detective Garda David Sheedy told the court that directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions were awaited.

Judge Toale remanded the teen in continuing detention to appear again on October 17.

Earlier, the court heard, "In reply to charge after caution, he made no reply and was then handed true copies of each charge".

So far, the DPP has given the authorisation to charge him with the offences before the court. However, Detective Garda Sheedy had said that directions would be sought to "escalate" the case to section four of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, a more severe charge for causing serious harm.

Section 93 of the Children Act states no report shall be published or broadcast which reveals the name, address or school of any child concerned in the proceedings or include any details likely to lead to the identification of any child involved in the proceedings.

Reporting by Tom Tuite

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