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14-year-old with a "high risk of re-offending" awaits sentencing for robbery

14-year-old with a "high risk of re-offending" awaits sentencing for robbery

SENTENCING of 14-year-old boy for helping to rob a deliveryman who was dragged down an alleyway and viciously attacked, has been adjourned until next month.

The young boy, then aged 13, has pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to his role in the robbery and assault which occurred in the Tallaght area, on a date in April last year. Over recent months, the teenager has been engaging with the Probation Service to address his offending.

Judge John O'Connor said an updated pre-sentence probation report would have to be furnished and he adjourned the case until mid-May.

He has already said this was a very serious offence in which the deliveryman had been set on by two other youths before he was “dragged down an alleyway and assaulted by four males”.

The deliveryman man, a foreign national, had his wallet and keys taken, and he sustained cuts and bruises.

At an earlier stage, the judge said a probation report showed the schoolboy was 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.

The defence have said the boy was not one of the main instigators and did not throw blows at the victim.

The court has also been asked to note positive aspects: the boy attends sports activities and a youth worker was to be assigned to him.

The teen also demonstrated technical skills and had done some wood work, a flower-box, which he has offered to the victim.

However, the teenager has yet to enter pleas to new charges for motor theft, driving without insurance and an alleged public order offence.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his father, was remanded on continuing bail.

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