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Girls get bail over 'disgusting' robbery

Children's Court
Children's Court

TWO teenage girls charged after a Chinese man was allegedly knocked unconscious and had his phone and shoes stolen during a gang robbery in Dublin city-centre have been released on bail.

The pair, aged 14 and 17, had been remanded in custody two weeks ago after their parents had told the Dublin Children's Court they would not stand bail.

Parents of both girl had then said they would not take them home with one mother describing the incident and her daughter's alleged involvement as “disgusting”. However, when the case resumed today Judge John O'Connor heard they changed their minds and the families had decided to take them back.

The teenagers, who have not yet entered pleas, were released on bail pending directions from the DPP. They will appear again at the juvenile court on a later date but in the meantime they have been ordered to adhere to strict conditions.

They must obey a curfew, not have contact with several other named youths, not consume alcohol or drugs and must stay out of the Dublin 1 and Dublin 2 areas.

They are charged with robbery of the man, who is in his thirties, at Liffey Street in the early hours of June 11th. It is alleged he was knocked unconscious and that his €300 phone and shoes were taken from him during the incident.

At the previous court hearing, the younger girl's father had said there has been problems with her behaviour for the past two years and that he has been “battling to keep her off the streets”.

He claimed he spent nights searching the city for his daughter whom he said hangs around with older youths and men, and also takes drugs.

He said that at one point these people attacked him when he tried to bring her home and that put him in danger. He said her schooling has become “non-existent” and he tried to get her help and drug counselling from social services.

However, he added, she kept “running the streets” and was not safe.

During the same hearing, on June 13th last, the 17-year-old co-defendant's mother had said her daughter was “not welcome in my home, that is disgusting what she done”. She had said the teenager wanted to go into care.

“She thinks it's great to be in care,” the woman had said adding, “she has been off the rails for the last 18 months, this is not a new thing.”