Boy missing from HSE care turns up at Garda station

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Andrew Carey

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AN “out of control” 16-year-old young offender who absconded from HSE care has presented himself at a garda station two days after a court issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

The boy who had been turned away from Oberstown Boys School last week after Judge Eugene O’Kelly remanded him in custody on two charges of burglary and one of handling stolen goods.

After spending a night in Henry Street Garda Station last weekend, the boy was granted bail by a special sitting of Ennis District Court last Saturday as the judge was faced withe the “impossible situation” of having no bed to remand him in detention to.

This Monday, Judge O’Kelly was told that the boy had been placed in HSE care last Saturday afternoon following his release on bail from the court but Gardai invoked their powers under section 12 of the Child Welfare Act.

He was brought to the University Hospital Limerick in HSE care but he escaped later that night.

After three days of living homeless and on the run, the boy walked into Henry Street Garda station and was arrested.

Read the full story in this Thursday’s edition.