Dublin teen charged with robbing eight women at knifepoint in one week
A DUBLIN youth has been charged with carrying out knife robberies of eight women over a one-week period.
The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court on Tuesday. He faces 16 robbery and knife charges in connection with alleged incidents in the Dublin 7 area from May 24 until May 31 last.
Judge John O'Connor heard that the DPP has recommended that the teenager should be tried before a jury in the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers. Four of the knife robberies are alleged to have happened on the same day.
Judge O'Connor noted there was no objection to bail subject to a number of conditions. The boy made no reply when charged, the court heard today.
The judge granted an adjournment to allow for disclosure of prosecution evidence to the defence ahead of a preliminary hearing to decide the youth's trial venue. As a condition of bail, the teen, who is attending drug counselling, must attend urine analysis, obey a 7pm to 7am curfew at his home and to continue attending his educational course.
The teenager was accompanied to court by his father and his barrister. He remained silent during the hearing but nodded when the judge warned: “you know the consequences if you breach bail, you go in”.
The Children's Court has discretion allowing it accept jurisdiction in serious cases by taking into consideration the age and level of maturity as well as other information deemed relevant. The case resumes in two weeks.
All the alleged victims are women.
The teen faces 16 charges:
Robbery and producing a large kitchen knife at St Peter's Road, Phibsborough on May 24 when he allegedly took a handbag and its contents worth €50.
Robbery and production of a large kitchen knife at Kings Inns during which a phone worth €100 and €50 in cash were taken along with a handbag and its contents which included a Mexican ID card on May 27.
Robbery of a woman of her handbag at the Royal Canal Bank and production of a bread knife, on May 28.
Robbery of another woman of her handbag and her phone worth €750 at the North Circular Road and production of a bread knife, also on May 28.
Robbery and producing a knife at Berkeley Road during which a phone worth €500 was allegedly taken also on May 28.
He is also accused of a fourth robbery on the same date in the same area during which a handbag and its contents worth €75 were allegedly stolen.
Robbery and production of a bread knife at Phibsborough Road, D7, during which a handbag and a phone worth €760 were taken on May 29.
Robbery at Kings Inn Court and production of a large kitchen knife on May 31 when a purse valued €150 was allegedly stolen.