Teenager accused of violent disorder at scene of steakhouse deaths granted bail

Teenager Accused Of Violent Disorder At Scene Of Steakhouse Deaths Granted Bail
He is the sixth person charged in the investigation and was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, who sat at the back of the courtroom.
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Tom Tuite

A 17-year-old boy accused of violent disorder at the scene of two deaths in a restaurant in Dublin on Christmas Eve has been granted bail but could face "further charges".

Tristan Sherry, 26, died of blunt force trauma to the head after shooting Jason Hennessy Sr at Browne's Steakhouse in Blanchardstown.


Mr Hennessy, 48, had been having dinner with family and friends before the gun attack, and died 11 days later in hospital.

Gardaí charged the teenager with engaging in violent disorder in the restaurant on December 24th by using or threatening to use violence with three others, which would cause another person present to fear for their safety.

The boy, who has the legal right to anonymity because he is a minor, appeared before Judge Stephanie Coggins at the Dublin Children's Court on Wednesday.

He is the sixth person charged in the investigation and was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, who sat at the back of the courtroom. The youth has yet to indicate a plea.


Garda John Hayes told Judge Coggins that the boy was arrested on Tuesday morning and taken to Blanchardstown station.

He was charged at 8.29 pm on Tuesday and "made no reply to the charge".

Garda Hayes confirmed he had no objection to bail subject to a range of strict conditions which the judge ordered the media not to report.

Defence solicitor Tertius Van Eeden said the teen had no prior convictions and "never set foot in court before today". He added that the incident happened a month ago, and his client, who "handed himself in", was not a flight risk.


The boy sat with his hands in his pockets for the hearing and interacted briefly with the judge to confirm he was in secondary school, but his mother interjected and said, "No."

The judge cautioned him that it was essential to abide by the bail terms and said she was sure he would do the right thing. She added that he should not make life hard for his mother, adding, "It is a difficult situation for everyone involved".

Garda Hayes said directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are being sought, and "there is a possibility of further charges."

Following a request from the solicitor, the judge ordered the media not to report the date of his next court appearance.


Legal aid was granted after the judge noted the boy was not working. Judge Coggins assigned Mr Van Eeden's colleague Simon Fleming to represent the accused.

Four co-defendants charged over recent weeks are in custody on remand.

David Amah, 18, of Hazel Grove, Portrane Road, Donabate, Dublin and Michael Andrecut, 22, with an address at Sheephill Avenue in Dublin 15, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be identified because he is a minor, have been charged with murder.

Another co-defendant, Wayne Deegan, 25, of Linnetsfield Avenue, Phibblestown, Dublin 15, was charged with producing a knife as a weapon during an offence, assault causing harm to Tristan Sherry, and violent disorder at the steakhouse.

Jonas Kabangu, 18, was also charged with engaging in violent disorder on December 24 at the steakhouse. His address cannot be reported due to security concerns.

Last week, he was granted bail pending directions from the DPP.

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