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A 17 year old who Gardai say is constantly breaching his curfew has been told by a District Court Judge that it is time for him to grow up.

Tralee courthouse
The teenager who appeared before Judge Angela Condon at Tralee District Court cannot be named for legal reasons.
Inspector Tony Sugrue said the teenager who is charged with public order offences including being intoxicated, threatening and abusive behaviour and obstructing a Garda was constantly breaching the curfew which is part of his bail conditions. The boy’s mother told Judge Angela Condon that her son has ADHD and is seeing a psychologist to which the judge replied so are a lot of children but they are not before the District Court.

Judge Condon said the teenager would not fool around with her and he was a lot nearer the door of custody than he realises.
She said the 17 year old is facing Oberstown Detention Centre where he would be a “little country fella”, there is a risk he would be bullied and wouldn’t be so smart or have half the bravado or nonsense when he returned.
He can decide if he wants to be a decent young man, the judge said, or a hardened criminal. She told Inspector Sugrue if he breaks his bail terms again he is to be lifted out of his shoes by Gardai and brought back before her.
The case was adjourned until October 28th.