Teenager threatened to shoot garda


A TEENAGE boy high on cocaine threatened to shoot a garda and burn his house down after he was arrested driving a car illegally, a court has heard.

The 16-year-old was found guilty at Dublin Children’s Court of travelling as a passenger in a stolen car, violent behaviour in a Garda station and breach of the peace.

Judge Ann Ryan heard that on September 10th last year, gardaí were pursuing a stolen car which was crashed and written off in west Dublin after it “went up on two wheels and almost toppled over”.

Garda David Higgins said he saw the teenager get out of the stolen Honda HRV’s passenger side and chased him on foot. He said he caught up with the boy, who then threw a bottle on the ground “and shouted come on”. The teenager was arrested and found to be in possession of a screwdriver.

Garda Higgins said the teenager continued to act aggressively. “He made numerous serious threats to me that he would follow me home”. The garda said the teenager had threatened to shoot him and burn his house.

The teenager was remanded on bail to appear again in November when a pre-sentence probation report is to be furnished to the court.