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Monday 5 December 2016

Boy (14) in alleged sex assaults on young women

The boy appeared at Dublin Children's Court yesterday for a hearing on the trial venue, as the DPP indicated it could be dealt with in the juvenile court. Judge John O'Connor refused, and the case will be sent to the circuit court.
The boy appeared at Dublin Children's Court yesterday for a hearing on the trial venue, as the DPP indicated it could be dealt with in the juvenile court. Judge John O'Connor refused, and the case will be sent to the circuit court.

A 14-year-old boy was involved in a series of sex attacks in Dublin over a two-week period, a court has heard.

The boy, now 15, is accused of five counts of sexual assault which occurred from January 20 until February 5, 2015, at three locations in public places in north Co Dublin.

The boy appeared at Dublin Children's Court yesterday for a hearing on the trial venue, as the DPP indicated it could be dealt with in the juvenile court. Judge John O'Connor refused, and the case will be sent to the circuit court.

In evidence, Garda Damien O'Reilly said the teen's motive was sexual. During the first incident it would be alleged the teenager approached a 14-year-old girl, grabbed her left arm and turned her around. Gda O'Reilly said it was alleged his zip was on undone and he told her to touch his penis. The court heard he threatened by saying: "I have a knife, I'm going to kill."

The girl was scared and ran away, but he chased her.

Four days later, he approached a young woman, in her 20s, and grabbed her between her legs. Gda O'Reilly said the boy allegedly pushed his hand up and tried to touch her vagina. She screamed and he ran away.

The third incident took place two days later when a woman, in her 30s, was out walking with her 12-year-old daughter. She was pushed to the ground and held there and her vagina and breasts were touched by the boy.

Walking

It was alleged the fourth attack happened on February 1. A 14-year-old girl was walking when the boy came behind her and pulled down her trousers and underwear, but she fought him off and he ran away.

Four days later a woman in her mid-twenties was walking with her child, aged 18 months, in a buggy. The court heard the boy approached her from behind and pulled down her trousers, but he ran off when she began screaming.

He was remanded on continuing bail to appear again in January.

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