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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Boy (13) tried to protect mum in alleged phone snatch

Sgt Callaghan said the woman's screams were heard by men in a nearby garage and they came to her aid. (Stock picture)
Sgt Callaghan said the woman's screams were heard by men in a nearby garage and they came to her aid. (Stock picture)

A teenage boy was shoved to the ground after he tried to protect his mother from a robber who grabbed her around the neck and demanded her mobile phone, it has been alleged.

Herton Diansambu (20) is said to have hit the woman in the face and pushed her and her 13-year-old son to the ground.

The woman's screams were heard by a group of garage workers who came to her aid, a garda sergeant told Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh refused jurisdiction and adjourned the case to May.

The accused, of Bealing Walk, Tyrrelstown, is charged with robbery involving a Samsung Galaxy phone worth €700.

The court heard that the Direcor of Public Prosecutions had directed summary disposal of the matter in the district court.

Sgt Maria Callaghan claimed the woman was in the park in Church Road, Mulhuddart, last July 4 when she walked past Mr Diansambu.

Refused

The sergeant said the woman, who was talking on her mobile phone, was accompanied by her 13-year-old son and 15-month-old daughter. It is alleged that Mr Diansambu put his arm around her neck and demanded her mobile phone.

The woman, who refused to hand it over, alleged Mr Diansambu assaulted her.

It is claimed he pulled her hair and struck her in the face before forcibly pushing her, causing her to fall to the ground.

The court heard the woman's teenage son went to protect her but he too was pushed to the ground.

Sgt Callaghan said the woman's screams were heard by men in a nearby garage and they came to her aid.

Sgt Callaghan said the victim was upset but did not suffer physical injuries.

Mr Diansambu has not yet indicated a plea to the charge.

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