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Mugger on drugs battered teen boy

A TEEN boy rained kicks and punches to a youth's head during a mugging after he mixed his medication with head shop drugs, a court has heard.

The 17-year-old boy, who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), pleaded guilty yesterday at the Children's Court to robbery and assaulting the youth, in Monkstown, south Dublin, on July 17 last year.

He was remanded on bail pending sentencing.

Judge Clare Leonard heard the victim (17) had been with friends when he was approached by the youth and another male. He was knocked to the ground and kicked and punched several times in the head. He also had his MP3 player stolen.





Suffered

Judge Leonard heard that the victim suffered a chipped tooth and needed treatment for his injuries.

Defence counsel said the teen had been diagnosed with ADHD when he was four. He had been involved in a number of offences at the time of the robbery because he began "to take head shop drugs which interacted with Ritalin".

Counsel said her client is now drug-free and taking part in a training course.

He had also been placed on probation previously for motoring offences, the court heard.

Judge Leonard remanded the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, to appear again in May for a pre-sentencing probation report to be obtained.

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