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Man avoids jail for assault on 15 year old boy

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A Dublin man whose assault on a 15-year-old boy left his victim requiring extensive dental reconstructive work has avoided jail

Robert Grendon (25) received a two year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for the attack on the teenager nearly seven years ago. 

Grendon paid €5000 in compensation to his victim and agreed to pay a further €1500 within the next year. His victim, who was not in court, requested that Grendon meet him and apologise face-to-face, which Grendon agreed to do.

Grendon of O’Hogan Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin pleaded guilty to assaulting the teenager causing him harm at D'Olier Street on May 3, 2009.

The court heard Grendon believed he was under attack when he saw the teenager running towards him as he got out of a taxi. He kicked the boy and then punched him as he fell.

Grendon, who has 22 previous convictions, was 18 years old at the time of the assault which was captured on CCTV.

The court heard the victim’s dental and reconstruction expenses amounted to over €8,100.

The court previously heard that the boy and his friends had been “acting the goat” and one of the boy's friends had pushed him into a doorway of a pub.

The boy ran out of the doorway in the direction of Grendon who was getting out of a taxi.

As the boy went to run by him Grendon put out his leg and kicked him, then punched him immediately afterwards as he was falling.

The boy was taken to Crumlin Children’s Hospital by ambulance. He tried to ring his mother on the way but was unable to speak. He was treated for dental injuries and a fracture of his nose. He continues to have ongoing dental work.

The court heard Grendon thought the boy was running at him and that the boy had shouted “rat” to his friend, but Grendon thought it was directed at him.

Girls who were with Grendon attended to the boy and brought him into a local shop. Grendon then went into the shop and apologised to the boy.

Keith Spencer BL, defending, previously told the court that Grendon had written a letter of apology to his victim. He said the attack had been “instantaneous” and his client accepted he was in the wrong.

Mr Spencer said Grendon's life had been blighted by drugs for a time but he was in a much better situation now. He said Grendon had matured and had a much more sensible head on his shoulders with supports in place to ensure he would not re-offend.

Sentencing Grendon, Judge Patricia Ryan took into account his guilty plea, the fact that he was just 18 years old at the time and his efforts to rehabilitate himself since then.

“The injured party has indicated to the court this morning that he requires a full face-to-face apology which will be arranged,” she said.