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Dublin teen knocked out 13-year-old's front teeth to impress friends

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Dublin teen knocked out 13-year-old's front teeth to impress friends

A DUBLIN youth knocked a 13-year-old boy's front teeth out with kicks and punches to impress his new friends, a court has heard.

The accused boy, aged 15, once a “student of the year” who began abusing cannabis and went out of control, pleaded guilty to the robbery which occurred in Inchicore in Dublin in April. The case was heard at the Dublin Children's Court which remanded him in custody pending sentencing.

A probation report on him and a victim impact statement are to be prepared.

Garda Stephen Farrelly told Judge John O'Connor that the defendant, who was accompanied to court by his mother, had 26 prior criminal convictions. Gda Farrelly said the young victim had been cycling home when he stopped outside a shop where the defendant, then aged 14, asked for a lift on the back of his bike.

During the cycle he asked the younger boy where he lived and the 13-year-old started to feel uncomfortable and would not tell him. He turned on to Tyrconnell Road where the youth knocked him off his bike and he fell to the ground.

The court was told the defendant pulled the boy's his jacket over his head and repeatedly punched and kicked him in the face and head, “knocking out his front teeth”. He then cycled off on the younger boy's bike, which was not recovered.

Gda Farrelly agreed with defence solicitor Brian Keenan that the teenage robber was readily identifiable from CCTV footage. At the time the teenager had no prior criminal convictions, however, he had been on bail in relation to other charges. When arrested and questioned he made no admissions.

During the hearing, he spoke only to indicate he understood the charge.

In June he received a two-month sentence for a litany of offences stretching back to November last year. 

Judge O'Connor heard that the teenager had 15 convictions for theft, two for burglaries as well as assault, handling stolen property and interfering with a vehicle.

Mr Keenan told the court the teen had once been a student of the year but he spiralled out of control through a peer group he should not have been associating with and which led him into offending. Some of his peers were present at the time of the robbery, the court heard.

Mr Keenan also asked the court to note the teenager pleaded guilty at an early stage.

The teenager had also developed a problem with cannabis and had little involvement with his father, the court was told. Mr Keenan said he had been asked by defendant to convey his apologies and the youth accepts the incident would have been terrifying for the victim.

He also admitted trying to take a moped from an apartment building in March.