Teen wants to turn his life around

A teenager who told Dundalk district court he wants to turn his life around having spent time in custody in St. Patrick’s Institution, was refused bail last week.

A teenager who told Dundalk district court he wants to turn his life around having spent time in custody in St. Patrick’s Institution, was refused bail last week.

The youth - who can’t be named because of his age, claimed that he would comply with any bail conditions the court might impose, although he admitted he had been given similar opportunities in the past and had breached his bail terms.

The teen was before the court last Thursday accused of robbery at Lidl on the Avenue Road in Dundalk on February 10th last and possessing an offensive weapon and using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour at the Marshes Shopping Centre on March 28th.

The defence solicitor in applying for bail told the court that his client’s grandmother was willing to have him stay in her home as part of his any conditions imposed by the court.

However, Garda Insp. Martin Beggy said the youth had show total disregard when bail had been granted in the past despite the efforts of his family to control him -including moving house

The defendant - from the witness box, said that he had spent the last two weeks in custody in St. Pats - which he described as ‘a bad place’. He said he didn’t want to go back there and wanted to change his life around.

The youth’s grand-mother said that her grandson knows this is the last chance she’ll give him.

His mother said she’d prefer to have him at home - but unfortuantely she can’t manage his behaviour. She added she was hopeful, that it would change.

Judge Flann Brennan in refusing bail, remanded the teen in custody until today, Tuesday, and said the case will have to proceed on that date.