Dublin teen (18) with 39 convictions kicked and punched prison officer in head


A DUBLIN youth, who repeatedly punched and kicked a prison officer in the head, is to be sentenced in September.

Dublin Children’s Court heard the prison officer received a beating when he tried to break up a fight between two young offenders at Wheatfield Prison on June 5 last year.

The youth was later arrested at his north Dublin home and brought before the juvenile court charged with assault causing harm to the officer and pleaded guilty on Friday. 

The court heard he had 39 prior criminal convictions mostly for driving offences as well as two assaults and some theft and public order offences.

Judge John O’Connor was furnished with a victim impact statement and he adjourned sentencing the youth to allow for a probation report on him to be prepared.

In outline of the evidence Garda Kevin Mullally had told the court the then 17-year-old boy and another youth’s cell was unlocked and when they came came out they started fighting.

The prison officer intervened to separate them and when he had his back to the boy, the teenager struck him three times to the head, Gda Mullally said.

The officer fell to the ground and received a kick to the head from the accused who is now aged 18.

A medical report on his injuries was furnished to the court earlier.