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Thursday 14 December 2017

Teenager accused of a series of knife attacks is sent forward for trial

The case was in the high court
The case was in the high court

A BOOK of evidence has been served on a Dublin teenager accused of a series of knife attacks after he took a cocktail of alcohol and tranquillisers.

The Children's Court was told that the boy (17) faces three counts of assault causing harm and knife possession.

Judge John O'Connor refused to accept jurisdiction.

He ruled the case should be sent to the circuit court, saying: "We are lucky not to be dealing with a murder case."

Judge O'Connor made an order sending the teen for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Gda Terry Brosnan said the teen and another person walked past two secondary pupils at Hillside Park, Rathfarnham, on the afternoon of May 1 last.

The teenager approached one schoolboy and swung a four-inch knife at his face. It was alleged he then lunged and swung it again. The blade sliced through the sleeve of the boy's jacket, cutting his forearm.

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An hour later, the teenager went into a shop at the Old Court Shopping Centre in Firhouse where he put an item in his pocket and was challenged by a shop worker.

Gda Brosnan said the teenager lunged at the man who jumped back "in an action that may have saved his life".

The officer said that on May 24 the boy went to Whitechurch Shopping Centre in Ballyboden and became aggressive when an employee approached. He took out a penknife which he "swung across the chest of the shop worker in front of his heart".

Defence counsel Damian McKeone said the teenager had taken a cocktail of substances on the day of the first offence.

The boy was remanded on continuing bail.

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