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Teenager part of gang attack

A YOUTH, who was part of a gang of masked raiders that smashed their way into a birthday party and attacked revellers, has been ordered to take part in a crime diversion programme.

The 17-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder in connection with the incident at a south Dublin family home in November 2011. A probation report on the teenager was sought by the Dublin Children's Court.

Judge Ann Ryan agreed to defer sentencing until a date in April to allow the teenager to take part in restorative justice activities.