Crime spree teen girl to be sentenced in Circuit Court

Crime spree teen girl to be sentenced in Circuit Court

A TEENAGE girl, who allegedly smashed a bottle over a man's head during a spate of Dublin city-centre street robberies, is to face Circuit Court trial, a judge has ruled.

The 17-year-old from Dublin, who cannot be named because she is a juvenile, is accused of taking part in three violent gang muggings in a single day, and a fourth which allegedly happened about two months later. 

Following a preliminary hearing at the Dublin Children's Court Judge John O'Connor refused jurisdiction and held the case should go forward to the Circuit Court which has tougher sentencing powers.

It is alleged that during robberies on June 23rd she stole a wallet containing €40, two bank cards and a immigration identity card from a foreign male at Westmoreland Street; a Sony mobile phone worth €250 and a Nokia phone to the value of €60, and a bag with a passport and €35 in cash from a man at South King Street, and an iPhone 6 worth €850 and €50 cash from a third male at the same location. 

The court heard that one man had a bottle smashed over his head by the girl and another male, who had been a bystander, was also attacked and robbed when he tried to help. 

She is also accused of taking part in violent disorder with three others on the same date.

The girl has an additional charge for robbery of a person of their handbag containing cash and a phone with a total value of €870  on August 27th  at Merrion Square North.

She had been denied bail at an earlier stage and after ruling that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the juvenile court, Judge O'Connor further remanded her in custody.

She is to appear again at the same court in January to be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.