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Boy (17) admits "barbaric" attack at Luas stop in Dublin

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The boy pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted robbery of the man at Citywest Campus Luas Stop
The boy pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted robbery of the man at Citywest Campus Luas Stop

A DUBLIN youth has admitted taking part in a “barbaric” mugging during which a man was repeatedly punched, kicked, stamped and jumped on as he lay on the ground.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was remanded on bail by Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday. A probation report has been sought for his sentence hearing next month.

The boy pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted robbery of the man at Citywest Campus Luas Stop, Citywest, Dublin on the afternoon of July 25 last.

Garda Brian O'Connor obtained CCTV footage from cameras at the tram stop and played the footage in court. The video showed a young man walking and then the teen and another person ran up to him.

He was pushed off a path on to a grass verge where he was knocked down. During the approximately five-minute incident he was beaten and the pair stamped on his body. The man who rolled in a ball to protect himself as he was jumped on and kicked.

The muggers then stopped and briefly walked away but came back to pick the man up off the ground, before they resumed attacking him. He continued to sustain blows and was knocked back on to the ground and stamped on again.

He suffered facial injuries and made a recovery but remained shaken up as a result of the incident which was described by the judge as barbaric.