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Monday 16 July 2018

Talented teen footballer struck man from his church in attack

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A teenager described as a talented footballer punched a man he knew from church in a Dublin street.

Luke Momoh (19) struck the victim in the head, breaking his glasses.

He also turned up repeatedly at a city centre hostel he had been asked to leave, verbally abusing staff and breaking windows with beer bottles.

Judge Kathryn Hutton put him on a one-year probation bond at Dublin District Court.

Momoh, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm, criminal damage and public order offences.

The assault happened at 5.05pm on O'Connell Street Lower last August 17.

He punched the victim once in the head, breaking his glasses and causing slight injury, the court heard. The man did not need medical attention.

The court heard the victim and the accused knew each other through their church.

Most of the other offences happened at Lefroy House, Eden Quay, a childcare services hostel where the accused had lived previously.

At around 2am on November 9 while there, Momoh was pestering staff and was asked to leave but returned and threatened workers.

Samaritans

In another incident in the same month, he threw empty beer bottles at the windows of Lefroy House and at the Samaritans building on Marlborough Street.

The accused showed up at Lefroy House again on November 14 and smashed a window worth €300 when he could not gain entry.

The next day, he called at the premises again and began banging on the door.

Gardai told him to leave, but he returned five minutes later and was arrested.

Momoh also stole sunglasses from Penney's, O'Connell Street, on August 13.

When taken to the security area, he tried to abscond and was chased by gardai as far as Moore Street Mall, where he had to be restrained when he was arrested.

Momoh's lawyer Colleen Gildernew told the court that her client was an extremely talented footballer and had got into an academy in the US where he was hoping to go on a scholarship.

He had stayed at Lefroy House before being told to leave and had dealt with this in a "very negative way."

"At one point he was probably committing offences to try to get in somewhere for the night," Ms Gildernew added.

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