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Teen charged with vicious Temple Bar assault refuses to get out of bed for court

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The attack occurred in Temple Bar
The attack occurred in Temple Bar

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy charged with attacking a young man who suffered serious facial injuries during an incident in Temple Bar would not get out of bed to come to court today.

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy charged with attacking a young man who suffered serious facial injuries during an incident in Temple Bar would not get out of bed to come to court today.

The boy, who cannot be named because he is minor, is charged with assault causing harm to Andrew Cusack (21), who was taken to St James's Hospital to be treated for lacerations to his face following the alleged incident in the early hours of May 2 at Dame Lane.

A bench warrant was issued by Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court on Monday when the boy failed to turn up for his case.

He was initially granted bail on Friday May 6 with strict conditions including a ban on going to Dublin city-centre but he was arrested there again, within hours of getting released, and was allegedly possessing a knife.

He was remanded in custody for a week and on May 16 he was re-admitted to bail with stricter conditions. The teenager was barred from the Dublin 1, 2, 7 and 8 areas; he had to sign on daily at his local garda station, obey a 9pm to 8am curfew and abstain from alcohol. His mother told the court she would supervise him.

The case resumed on Monday and Judge John O'Connor was told the teenager had abided by the bail terms. However, after the boy also had a row with his mother and refused to get out of bed to come to court.

Judge O'Connor issued a bench warrant for his  arrest.

He had warned him last week that if he broke bail again he could go back into custody until his trial has been heard.

At the boy's first hearing on May 6, the court heard the assault case is to involve "an awful lot of CCTV as well". Mr Cusack is the son of Professor Stephen Cusack, an expert on emergency medicine at UCC.

Judge O'Connor has already made an order for disclosure of prosecution evidence to the defence which is to include medical reports.

The boy has not yet entered a plea to the charge. Directions from the DPP are required and a decision has yet to be made as to whether the case will remain the Children's Court or instead be sent forward to the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.