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Dublin teenager drunkenly attacked man after asking for a cigarette

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
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A DUBLIN youth, who launched a drunken attack on a man after asking him for cigarette, has been given a three-month suspended sentence.

Ryan Boylan, 19, with an address at Shangan Road, Ballymun pleaded guilty yesterday to assault causing harm to the man at James's St in Dublin on the morning of June 6th last year.

Judge Alan Mitchell noted the youth had 27 prior convictions and is due to become a father.

The case was held at the Children's Court because he had a number of charges finalised there recently in relation to older offences committed when he was a juvenile.

However, he was an adult at the time of the assault.

Garda Shane Lohan said the victim, who did not have to give evidence at the hearing, reported to him that he had been “punched once or twice in the face” by the youth. He was bleeding from his lower lip and nose but has made a recovery and was not left with scarring, the court heard.

The court head Boylan had asked him for a cigarette and he told him he did not have any.

On arrest the teenager described it as a “drunken fight”, said Gda Lohan.

His prior convictions included public order offences, thefts, three counts of unlawfully getting into vehicles and one assault.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the youth's offences were mostly committed while under the influence of tablets and alcohol. He said Boylan had gone through the care system and now plans to take part in the Empowering People In Care Programme, to help young people in that situation.

He is now getting “after-care” assistance and has completed the Leaving Certificate, the solicitor said adding that the teenager has skills and abilities which he wants to put to better use. He is in a stable relationship and about to become a father, the court was told.

Judge Mitchell told him it was time to “grow up”. He imposed the sentence but noting the guilty plea he suspended it on condition Boylan gets treatment for his addictions and remains supervised by the Probation Service and does not re-offend in the next 12 months.