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14-year-old faces 'lengthy sentence' for violent robbery of delivery man in Tallaght

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Judge John O'Connor heard at the Dublin Children's Court that the boy has continued to break bail conditions
Judge John O'Connor heard at the Dublin Children's Court that the boy has continued to break bail conditions

A 14-year-old boy has been warned he is facing at a lengthy sentence for taking part in a violent robbery of a deliveryman who was dragged down an alleyway and viciously attacked.

Judge John O'Connor heard at the Dublin Children's Court that the boy has continued to break bail conditions. He said the teen, who hangs around with older youths, has “shown a level of violence way beyond his years”.

The teen “looks innocent as pie” but was sending a signal that the only thing he would understand is a custodial sentence, Judge O'Connor said before he adjourned sentencing for six weeks.

The boy did not co-operate with a youth mentoring service that offered help but efforts were being made to get him back into school, the juvenile court heard. The judge also noted the boy, who did not address the court, has also taken part in a project which helps him with personal development and provides pro-social activities.

The teenager, who was accompanied to court by his parents, was remanded on bail with conditions that including a curfew.

The boy, who also has other prosecutions pending, was warned he must co-operate with support services.

The young boy, then aged 13, has pleaded guilty to his role in the robbery and assault which occurred in the Tallaght area on a date in April last year. Over recent months, he has been ordered to engage with the Probation Service to address his offending.

However, his behaviour in his locality remains a concern and he has continued to come to the notice of gardai.

An updated pre-sentence probation report will be furnished at his next hearing in July.

His victim had been initially set on by two youths before he was dragged away from his car and assaulted by up to five males.

The deliveryman man, a foreign national, had his wallet and keys taken, and he sustained cuts and bruises. A probation report stated that the teenager's role was not racially motivated.

The court has heard he is at a high risk of re-offending and there were concerns over the boy's education, family issues, negative peers and limited involvement in pro-social activities.

The teen has also been warned the offence could attract a two-year term.

Another youth who took part in the robbery has recently been given a custodial sentence.