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Judge reiterates call for teen to be psychiatrically assessed

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A DISTRICT court judge has reiterated her call for a teenager to receive psychiatric assessment and treatment in prison.
Nathan Ginty (18), with an address at 55 Upper Carrowbeg Estate, Westport, appeared before Castlebar District Court last week. He had been in custody for the previous week after being charged with a number of driving offences.
When Judge Mary Devins first remanded Mr Ginty in custody on November 2, she directed that he receive immediate medical and psychiatric treatment while in prison. However, when Judge Devins asked Mr Ginty if he was getting psychiatric attention, he replied that he was not.
Inspector Paudie O’Shea said the State was seeking to have Mr Ginty remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on November 24 for DPP directions.
Mr Mark Loftus, solicitor for Mr Ginty, said his client was anxious to be psychiatrically assessed, adding that it was of paramount importance that it was done as quickly as possible.
Mr Ginty said that he received attention for a broken nose in custody, but was not on medication. He denied he was taking cannabis.
Ms Miriam Tallon, Probation Officer, said she understood that the prison had not been informed that he was to receive psychiatric attention, and said she would contact colleagues in the prison ‘for what it was worth’.
Judge Devins remanded Mr Ginty in custody and reiterated her call for him to receive psychiatric assistance and treatment. She added that he was a young man who was seriously at risk.

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