A TEENAGE girl who fled from a care home in the South-East was spotted in an early hours row on the street in Cork City, and when gardaí arrested and searched her they found a knife in her shoulder bag.
The 17-year-old was charged with carrying the knife in Cork on December 16, 2018. She pleaded guilty to the offence today at a juvenile hearing of Cork District Court.
Eddie Burke, solicitor, said the teenager had no previous convictions of any kind.
The defendant, who is now pregnant, was in court with her boyfriend and she plans to sit her Leaving Cert next year.
Mr Burke said the defendant and her boyfriend were in very poor circumstances and had to borrow the money from the young man’s father in order to pay the bus fare to travel to Cork for today’s court.
Inspector Gary McPolin said gardaí observed four girls and one boy in what was a heated situation outside a shop in Cork city centre.
He said the young woman seemed to be nervous and fidgety and was searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
While she did not have any drugs in her possession she had a knife, for which she had no explanation on the night.
Mr Burke said the teenager was pleading guilty to possessing the knife. However, he said the circumstances were that her bag had gone missing and by the time she got it back, someone else had put a knife in it without her knowledge.
He said she accepted it was a serious matter, but was adamant she was not the one who put the knife in the bag.
Judge Aingil Ní Chondúin said the defendant would now have responsibilities and that she should mind her baby and not be out around the streets at 1.45am.
The judge adjourned sentencing until January 10, 2020, but said she would dismiss the charge if the defendant got into no further difficulties.