‘His mother’s in tears and he’s laughing,” says Judge

A 14 year old boy accused of a string of offences, is refusing point blank to attend school despite special arrangements being put in place for him by his social worker and probation officer, Dundalk district court was told last week.

After he remanded the youth to Oberstown detention centre, Judge William Hamill noted that the boy was laughing as his mother cried.

The 14 year old – who cannot be named because of his age, was before the court accused of committing a series of crimes since February this year - including two separate burglaries at a home and a business premises in Dundalk, trespassing at Realt Na Mara National School and a disused factory on Coe’s Road, two and three months later respectively.

Further charges include criminal damage at the Clanbrassil Centre on July 11th and possession of an article with intent to cause injury at Aura Leisure Centre on the fifth of February.

The most recent alleged offence is a theft from a store in the Marshes Shopping Centre on December seventh.

The court heard the teen has missed 48 days from school since the first of September and the school had referred him to the National Educational Welfare Board.

Judge William Hamill was told the 14 year old is “refusing point blank” to go to school and the Defence solicitor said his client’s mother is at her wits’ end as he said schooling has always been her priority.

The solicitor added the teen has been dabbling in drugs.

Judge Hamill adjourned the case until next Thursday and remanded him in custody to Oberstown detention centre, saying “He’s been given a lot of chances. I don’t know what else the court can do” and he noted “His mother’s in tears and he’s laughing”.


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