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Drugged-up Dublin youth tried to slice security guard's neck with ripped beer can

The youth is charged with assault, criminal damage and threatening to kill or cause harm
The youth is charged with assault, criminal damage and threatening to kill or cause harm

A YOUTH “high on a cocktail of drink and drugs” tried to slice security man's neck with a ripped open beer can, court has been told.

The 16-year-old boy is charged with assault, criminal damage and threatening to kill or cause serious harm, in connection with an incident at a shop in the Dublin 8 district on March 14th last.

In an outline of the allegations, the Dublin Children's Court heard the 38-year-old shop security guard had already been traumatised by conflict in his home country, Kosovo.

He was working at a shop where he allegedly stopped the youth from stealing drinks, and bottles were dropped on the floor.

Garda David Naughton told Judge John O'Connor it was alleged the teenager told the security guard “he would stab him and kill him”. The teenager's hand was bleeding and he shook it in the watchman's face.

The court heard the boy returned later and was asked to leave but he told the security man he would stab him.

Gda Naughton said the 16-year-old was pushed out of the shop. A few seconds later, it was claimed, the teenager came back brandishing a “ripped aluminium beer can in his hand”.

The court heard he swung the can at the security guard who stood back. The can ripped his tied and he was punched in the stomach.

The court heard he had experienced conflict in Kosovo and still had some shrapnel in a leg that was allegedly struck by the teen. He was also suffering from nightmares and post-traumatic stress.

Defence solicitor Aenghus McCarthy said the youth, who was accompanied to court by his mother, had little recollection of the incident because he had taken a “cocktail of drink and drugs”. His temper got the better of him after the situation escalated very quickly, the solicitor said.

The court heard the youth was addicted to certain tablets.

He has not yet entered a plea and was remanded in custody to appear again next week.