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15-year-old boy charged with Westport burglaries

Youth (15) charged with Westport burglaries

A 15-year-old charged with the burglary of a number of homes in Westport was remanded in custody to appear before this Thursday’s sitting of Westport District Court.
The male, who cannot be named for legal reasons. appeared before Westport Children’s Court along with his mother where he was charged with seven offences including burglary at The Quay, Westport on June 9 last. Sgt Rory Brennan told the court he charged the youth before the court and his application was for him to be remanded in custody.
In February, the youth was remanded in custody but was released on High Court bail and was on bail when the alleged offences took place. He also faces charges from previous incidents including assault causing harm in June 23, 2011 and possession of an article with intent to cause injury.
Ms Lynda Lenehan, solicitor for the youth said he was a vulnerable young man who was currently in Oberstown, Trinity House, a secure facility for young male offenders. She said he wished to be granted bail but there were threats made to him in Westport and his mother was concerned for her other children if he returned to Westport and the threat was carried out.
She said he hoped to be placed into foster care but was told by Judge Conal Gibbons that he could not make such an order.
After consulting with her client and mother, Ms Lenehan said there was no objection to his remand back to Oberstown. Judge Gibbons remanded the youth in custody to appear before Westport District Court on June 21.