Boy (16) accused of 'pummeling' woman at Dublin train station for her laptop
A 16-YEAR-OLD boy pummelled a young woman in a bid to steal her laptop after he followed her off a train, Dublin Children's Court heard.
He is accused of robbery of the woman, aged 19, at Donabate train station in north Co. Dublin on March 14 last year.
In an outline of the allegations, Judge Patrick Clyne heard the young woman had boarded a train at Connolly station in the city-centre.
Garda Brian Reidy said it was alleged that during her journey “the defendant was present on the train and observed that the injured party was on her own and watching her laptop”.
When she disembarked at Donabate she was followed into the station car park by the 16-year-old and another person, Gda Reidy alleged.
The court heard claims the boy, who has not yet entered a plea, grabbed on to her backpack which contained her laptop and “swung her to the ground”. Her bag broke as a result of the forced used.
Gda Reidy said it was alleged the teen then “proceeded to punch to the face, causing injury to one side of her face, and to one of her arms”.
The laptop was stolen and he an alleged accomplice ran away said Gda Reidy who added that CCTV evidence has been obtained.
An 18-year-old youth has also been charged and must indicate how he will plead next month. The DPP has directed that his case should only stay at the district/juvenile court level if he pleads guilty. Otherwise his case should be dealt with at the higher level, in the circuit court.
Gda Reidy said that when interviewed, the younger boy made admissions that he was the one who had been violent and that he had “punched and struck the injured party a number of blows using his fist to the face”.
The court heard that it was alleged he did so because the woman “would not give up the laptop, that is why he hit her”.
Gda Reidy said that as a result of the incident the young woman no longer travels by train to get in and out of the city-centre and has to rely on lifts.
The DPP had recommended that the 16-year-old boy's trial should be dealt with in the juvenile court however, Judge Clyne said he would be refusing jurisdiction.
But he said the defence was entitled to make submissions under Section 75 of the Children Act. This allows the juvenile court discretion to accept jurisdiction to dealt with a serious offence by taking into consideration evidence of a youth's age and level of maturity as well as any other relevant factors.
The case was adjourned for four weeks and the boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was remanded on continuing bail. At his next hearing it is expected that ruling will be made on whether the case will proceed in the juvenile court or instead be sent forward to the circuit court which has tougher sentencing powers.