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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Youth (17) assaulted the same student twice within months

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The Children's Court in Dublin
The Children's Court in Dublin

A DUBLIN youth who launched an unprovoked attack on a student on a bus has been given an eight-month sentence.

Dublin Children's Court heard the boy (17) attacked the young man just months after mugging him. He had also taken part in a "vicious" attack on a fast-food delivery man.

Judge John O'Connor said the court was left with "no other option but to give a detention order" for a litany of crimes committed over 14 months.

The teenage defendant, who had pleaded guilty to assault, robbery, theft and handling thousands of euro worth of stolen property, was also placed on supervised probation for the next 18 months.

The youth cannot be named because he is a juvenile.

Garda Gina O'Brien told the court that on September 11 last, a student had been sitting on the top deck of a Dublin bus and four males, including the accused, sat behind him.

The youths began to shout at the student and the accused kicked him to the back of his head and punched him twice in the face. The 18-year-old suffered a black eye, bruising and swelling, the court heard.

In June last year, the same student had been the victim of an attempted robbery carried out by the youth. The court heard that the defendant "attempted to steal his phone and in doing so assaulted him".

On February 11 last the youth was caught with €2,500 worth of property taken in a house burglary in Tallaght.

He admitted robbery of a food delivery man's wallet containing €50 and assorted cards and assault causing him harm in connection with an incident on April 4 last year.

The court has also heard the youth had been involved in an attempted robbery which was foiled when two gardai lay in wait in a delivery man's van, on December 6, 2013. The court also heard that he stole petrol in two thefts at filling stations.

His remaining charges were for not attending his court case on two dates, stealing food and a theft of a ruck sack.

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