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Teen kicked victim's head 'like football'

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy "showed no remorse" when he kicked a Chinese man's head as if it were a football during a brutal gang attack in Dublin.

The schoolboy pleaded guilty at the Children's Court yesterday to the assault at Sean McDermott Street on May 31.

Garda Cian Farrelly told Judge Elizabeth MacGrath that the random attacked was caught on CCTV cameras operating in the area. Gardai raced to the scene and found the attack was still in progress.

Three youths were involved and tried to flee.

Garda Farrelly told Judge MacGrath that the victim had been knocked to the ground by another member of the group and then all three started to kick and punch him.

The teenager and his accomplices also "stamped" on the man's body and head.

He said the victim was left with cuts and marks to his face, back and hands. He said that at one point in the attack, as two other youths were kicking him, the boy leaned into him and punched him in the face.

Garda Farrelly described the attack as "absolutely brutal" and the worst he had ever seen.





Afraid

He also told Judge MacGrath that he kicked the man in the head "like it was a football" and added that he "showed no remorse" for his actions.

The blood-stained victim was taken to Store Street Garda station but was too afraid to enter the building "in case he might bump into" the defendant and two accomplices who were being held there at the time.

The Dublin teen also admitted two counts of trespassing at underground car parks in north inner city Dublin and interference with one vehicle parked there, which happened a day before the attack.

Defence solicitor Niamh Bambury asked the court to note that the boy had no prior convictions.

The teen's mother told the court that her son's conduct started to deteriorate about a year ago when he started using "snowblow" drugs which he got from head shops.

He was remanded to appear next month to monitor his adherence to bail conditions. These include a 9pm to 8am curfew and attendance at school when it resumes.

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