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Teen tells court he needs ‘psychiatric help’

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A TEENAGER who was charged with a number of driving offences while trying to visit his father’s grave in Belmullet said he needs urgent psychiatric help.
Nathan Ginty (18) with an address at 2 Flynn Apartments, Rush Street, Castlebar was remanded in custody last week by Judge Mary Devins who directed that he receive appropriate and immediate medical and psychiatric treatment while in prison.
The teenager appeared before last week’s sitting of Westport District Court where he was charged with a large number of offences including dangerous driving and the possession of a knife which are alleged to have occurred on October 30, 2017.
Inspector Dermot Butler informed Judge Devins that the knife Mr Ginty was allegedly in possession of was never recovered as it was thrown into Carramore Lake in Erris. He was in breach of a protection order, the court was told.
Mr Mark Loftus, solicitor for Mr Ginty told the court that the alleged incidents occurred when he was travelling to Belmullet to visit the grave of his late father. He described the incident as a ‘cry for help’.
During the bail hearing, Mr Ginty said he needed psychiatric treatment and gave an undertaking to ‘walk straight to hospital’ if he was granted bail.
Gardaí objected to bail on the grounds Mr Ginty was on Circuit Court bail at the time and sentencing for different offences were pending in February. Part of the bail conditions were to remain out of Erris and come under the supervision of the Probation Services.
Ms Miriam Tallon, Probation Officer told the court that Mr Ginty was cooperating ‘reasonably well’ with her but he got into difficulty following a break down in his living arrangement. She said that unfortunately his mother was no longer able to live with him and he was homeless as a result.Before the alleged incidents occurred, he was in emergency accomodation but Ms Tallon stated a ‘spiral of events’ led to him coming before the court again.
Judge Devins agreed with Mr Loftus that his client needed help but said she had to refuse the bail application. She remanded Mr Ginty in custody to appear before Castlebar District Court on November 7 for DPP directions and the possibility of further charges.

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