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Friday 15 December 2017

a YOUTH, who mugged a 68-year-old woman in a shop, has been detained for three months after saying he would not be "treated like a two-year-old" by a court.

a YOUTH, who mugged a 68-year-old woman in a shop, has been detained for three months after saying he would not be "treated like a two-year-old" by a court.

Judge John O'Connor imposed a six-month detention-supervision order on the 17-year-old boy.

This mean the teenager has been given a custodial sentence of three months and will be under post-release supervision of the Probation Service for another three months.

He had pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to a single of charge of robbery in connection with the incident in Leixlip, Co. Kildare in September.

The court heard he grabbed the victim by her face and knocked her to the ground before her phone was taken.

At his sentence hearing Garda John Farrell told Judge O'Connor the teenager has claimed to him that he would not abide by bail terms.

Gda Farrell said the boy told him that he was not going to obey a curfew and "was not going to be treated like a two-year-old".

Judge O'Connor had been told the boy approached the woman and "grabbed her by the face and pushed her, she fell to the ground, he grabbed her phone and ran off."

Sentencing the teenager, Judge O'Connor told him he could not have the boy dictating the court.

He also told the teenager that he broke the terms of post-release supervision he will go back into custody for a further period.

The teenager spoke briefly to confirm he understood.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the teenager has expressed the view that " because of background difficulties there are certain risks to him being in the community". He also said was outlined in a probation report furnished to the court.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his parents, had originally entered a guilty plea in November but had also breached bail terms during the period leading up to his sentence hearing.

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