Sentence delay for teen thug who broke garda’s jaw

Sentence delay for teen thug who broke garda’s jaw

SENTENCING of a Dublin teenager who broke garda's jaw after he was stopped for driving illegally has been adjourned for a victim impact statement to be prepared.

One garda suffered a broken jaw and his colleague was also seriously assaulted during the incident in Ballyfermot on Sept. 1 last year.

Judge John O'Connor put the case back until later this month. A pre-sentence probation report on the boy (17) has also been sought.

The teen appeared at the Dublin Children's Court where he has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing harm.

However, he denies charges for driving without a licence or insurance and a separate hearing date has been set for those allegations. The boy, who was accompanied to court by his parents, made no reply to the charges, the court has been told.

The court heard that when he was initially stopped driving a scrambler motorbike he punched Garda Daniel Matthewson, who suffered a broken jaw.

It was alleged the teen fled and Garda Trevor Mallon called to his home where he was head-butted in the face by the youth, who cannot be named because he is a minor.

The youth has no prior criminal convictions, Judge John O'Connor head.

Defence counsel Ann Sheridan has told the court that a couple of weeks before the incident, the teen's home had been raided by mistake by armed gardai and this had an effect on the youth.