Dublin teen mugged two students while armed with metal handle of brush

Reuben Street, Dublin city, where the mugging happened
Reuben Street, Dublin city, where the mugging happened

A teenager who handed himself into gardai hours after he robbed two students will be sentenced next January.

Dylan Brophy (19) acknowledged that he could be seen on CCTV footage during the mugging but claimed that he was defending a friend who had just called him to say he had been attacked.

Brophy of Reuben Walk, Rialto, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery on Reuben Street on March 12, 2015. He was armed with the metal handle of a brush but claimed he had only hit the man with it once. He has 21 previous convictions for road traffic, public order and drug offences.

Garda Brendan Lynn said Bronte Kavanagh and Ryan Donnelly were walking into town when a friend ahead of them warned them to run. Ms Kavanagh was then dragged to the ground by someone holding her bag before she was hit in the head a number of times.

She could hear male voices shouting at her before her bag, containing her iPhone and €40 in cash was ripped from her hands. She went to accident and emergency the following day to be treated for mild concussion.

Gda Lynn said Mr Donnelly was hit from behind with a metal object and punched in the face. He managed to block a few blows before his attackers demanded that he empty his pockets. Another youth, who was armed with a knife, demanded his phone before he punched him and ran away.

Mr Donnelly went to the doctor the following day where he was treated for bruises and swelling on his cheek and bruises to his legs, arms and ribs. A small amount of money had been robbed from him.

Brophy was arrested two hours later when he came to the garda station. He denied making any threats and claimed he had been defending his friend.

Gda Lynn agreed with Tony McGillicuddy BL, defending said that Brophy knew gardai were looking for him and went to the station to hand himself in.

He described Brophy as coming from a broken home and said he was easily led into criminality. Gda Lynn said Brophy was both abusing and selling drugs at the time.

Mr McGillicuddy said Brophy's father died when he was ten years old and he was "effectively passed from pillar to post" afterwards.

He had been living on Reuben Street with his grandparents before his grandmother died in February 2015. Her death "further destabilised him" said Mr McGillicuddy. His grandfather then died this March.

Counsel said a psychological report before the court recommended that Brophy be assessed by the Probation Service before being sentenced.

Judge Melanie Greally adjourned sentencing to January 16, next and ordered a Probation report for that date.

Sonya McLean