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Dublin youth racially abused Pakistani man and hit him with a knife

Dublin youth racially abused Pakistani man and hit him with a knife

A DUBLIN youth racially abused a Pakistani man in front of his wife before striking him with a knife, a court has heard.

The 17-year-old youth, who was accompanied to court by his lawyer and a family member, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court where Judge John O'Connor accepted jurisdiction after he heard an outline of the allegations.

The case was adjourned for two weeks when the youth will have to enter a plea.

He and his co-defendant, another 17-year-old boy, have been charged with producing knives during the course of a dispute in Inchicore in Dublin on the afternoon of January 5 last.

Garda Steven Farrelly said it was alleged the couple, who are originally from Pakistan, had got out of their car when they were approached by three youths. Gda Farrelly said there was interaction between the man and the group of youths and he was struck on the arm with a knife by the defendant. No injuries were suffered because the knife was blunt.

It was alleged the man was subjected to racial abuse and the youth called him “a Paki bastard” and shouted “come out you Paki bastard, come out you black bastard”.

It was also alleged the youth tried to slash the man's car tyres.

The second youth is also facing the same charge but the judge has not yet ruled on his trial venue and an outline of the allegations against him has yet to be given.

He was also ordered to appear again on March 26 when it will be decided whether or not he will be tried in the juvenile court or at the higher level, in the circuit court.