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Dublin teen broke nose of one garda and jaw of another in separate attacks, court hears

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Dublin teen broke nose of one garda and jaw of another in separate attacks, court hears

A DUBLIN teenager is awaiting trial for attacking two gardai who suffered serious injuries after they allegedly stopped him driving a motorcycle.

One garda suffered a broken jaw and his colleague sustained a broken nose during the incident in Ballyfermot on September 1 last year.

Judge John O'Connor adjourned the case until July 26 to allow time for medical reports to be obtained.

The boy (17) appeared at the Dublin Children's Court to face two counts of assault causing harm as well as charges for driving without a licence or insurance.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his parents, made no reply to the charges, the court has heard.

It is alleged that when he was initially stopped driving a scrambler motorbike he struck Garda Daniel Matthewson, who suffered a broken jaw.

It was alleged the motorcyclist fled and Garda Trevor Mallon went to the boy's home where he was headbutted and suffered a broken nose.

A decision has yet to be made as to whether the case will remain in the juvenile court or go forward to the circuit court which has tougher sentencing powers.

No plea was entered by the boy, who was aged 16 at the time of the alleged incident.

The youth cannot be named because he is a minor.

The defence must make submissions under section 75 of the Children Act pleading with the juvenile court.

The court can accept jurisdiction in serious cases following submissions in relation to the boy's age and level of maturity as well as other relevant factors.