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Sunday 4 December 2016

Teens kicked Chinese man unconscious before robbing him

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the attack was so vicious that one of the teens asked gardai to stop playing the footage during interview because it was upsetting him (Stock Picture)
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the attack was so vicious that one of the teens asked gardai to stop playing the footage during interview because it was upsetting him (Stock Picture)

Seven teenagers who launched a violent attack on a Chinese man before robbing him were all in state care at the time.

Fen Ling Wang (29) was walking home through Dublin city centre at 3am, having finished work in a restaurant, when the five males and two females set upon him. He was knocked to the ground where he received dozens of kicks, many of which were directly to the head.

After Mr Wang was knocked unconscious the gang stole his phone and shoes before leaving him in the middle of the street. Gardai in the CCTV room on nearby O'Connell Street watched the assault unfold live and three of the attackers were caught close to the scene.

The group were on acid at the time of attack and gardai had to wait six hours before they could interview them.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the attack was so vicious that one of the teens asked gardai to stop playing the footage during interview because it was upsetting him.

Garda Paul Fay agreed with defence counsel Pieter Le Vert BL that all of the group were in some form of care at the time.

Judge Melanie Greally imposed a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half years on one of the teens and deferred sentencing until October for another. Neither can be named because of their age.

Probation

A third attacker, who is now 18, of Eden Quay, Dublin was remanded on bail until May pending a probation report.

Counsel for this attacker, Sandra Frayne BL, said that her client couldn't remember the attack because he was on acid.

The three accused in court yesterday pleaded guilty to the robbery of Mr Wang on Liffey Street on July 10, 2015.

Some of the group have already been dealt with in other courts. One male got a 10-month sentence while a girl who was 14 at the time received five months.

Judge Greally commented that it must have been "an extremely frightening and dangerous incident" for Mr Wang.

In a victim impact statement Mr Wang said he had headaches and painful joints afterwards and had to take time off work while the swelling to his face went down.

Footage of the attack was played to the court. As Mr Wang walked on Liffey Street a girl from the group went up and hugged him. Several males then approached and asked for his phone and wallet. They then began hitting Mr Wang.

They pulled his shirt over his head so he couldn't see before kicking him repeatedly while he was on the ground. One male can be seen delivering a final blow which appears to knock Mr Wang unconscious.

One of them threw a sausage he was eating at the man before they left the scene.

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