Judge orders arrest of teen who threatened to petrol bomb mother’s home if she didn’t hand over Playstation and €700
Tom Tuite – 5h ago
16th November 2022
A judge has ordered the arrest of a 17-year-old Dublin boy found guilty of extortion with threats to petrol bomb a mother’s home.
The Dublin Children’s Court heard the youth, who had previously been friendly with the victim’s son, demanded money and a video games console.
He was charged under section 17 of the Public Order Act for making an unwarranted demand with menaces for €700 and a PlayStation
He was also accused of threatening to damage her house in Blanchardstown in Dublin.
He denied the charges and faced a hearing in October before Judge Paul Kelly, who held the State had proved its case against the youth.
The case had been adjourned for the Probation Service to prepare a report, but the teen failed to turn up for his scheduled sentence hearing.
A bench warrant was issued.
Earlier, the victim told the court her front window was smashed. The defendant came to her house and told her, “I’m sorry that someone did that, smashed your window”, and continued that her son owed him €700.
She alleged the youth then said that if he did not get the money and a PlayStation, “in the next 24 hours or I’m going to petrol bomb the house”.
She told the court a second person was with the boy, but she added that he remained silent.
The teen had previously been friends with her son.
Asked how it made her feel, she replied: “Scared. I’m still scared.”
Her father arrived to block up the broken window. He told the court that he heard the teenage defendant saying his grandson owed money, but he told the boy the guards were on the way.
He recalled that the teenager started to move on and said, “We’ll be back; we’ll petrol bomb the house”.
The teen, in evidence, denied making the threat but claimed he had gone to the house after hearing a rumour and that people were saying he had broken her window.
He claimed he went there to say he did not do it and to clear his name. However, he denied making the threat and said the unidentified person with him spoke, “but I don’t remember what he said”.
Garda Katie Callaghan told the court she interviewed the teenage defendant who placed himself at the scene, but he made no admissions.
He was 15 at the time of the incident in September 2020.
He also told gardaí the woman’s son had fallen out with one of his friends, and “we don’t talk anymore”.
Judge Kelly heard the defendant had no prior convictions and was still in education.