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Teen charged with robbing eight women in Dublin over one week

Teen charged with robbing eight women in Dublin over one week

THE case of a Dublin youth charged with knife robberies of eight women in a single week has been adjourned for a psychological report to be prepared.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court on Tuesday.

He faces 16 robbery and knife charges in connection with alleged incidents in the Dublin 7 area from May 24 until May 31 last.

Four of the knife robberies are alleged to have happened on the same day.

The DPP has recommended that the teenager should be tried before a jury in the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers. The defence, however, is pleading for the case to remain in the juvenile court.

Barrister Damian McKeone, for the youth, told Judge O'Connor that a psychological report on the youth is being sought. He asked for an adjournment of a ruling on the trial venue issue to allow the report to be completed.

Judge O'Connor granted a three week adjournment.

As a condition of bail, the teen, who is attending drug counselling, must attend urine analysis, obey a 7pm to 7am curfew at his home and  continue attending his educational course.

The teenager was accompanied to court by his father and today the judge allowed the curfew hours to be varied on nights the boy goes to a sports club. However, he must let gardai know the details of when he will be there, the judge warned.

All the alleged victims in the case are women. The teen faces 16 charges:

Robbery and producing a large kitchen knife at St Peter's Road, Phibsborough on May 24 when he allegedly took a handbag and its contents worth €50.

Robbery and production of a large kitchen knife at Kings Inns during which a phone worth €100 and €50 in cash were taken along with a handbag and its contents which included a Mexican ID card on May 27.

Robbery of a woman of her handbag at the Royal Canal Bank and production of a bread knife, on May 28.

Robbery of another woman of her handbag and her phone worth €750 at the North Circular Road and production of a bread knife, also on May 28.

Robbery and producing a knife at Berkeley Road during which a phone worth €500 was allegedly taken also on May 28.

He is also accused of a fourth robbery on the same date in the same area during which a handbag and its contents worth €75 were allegedly stolen.

Robbery and production of a bread knife at Phibsborough Road, D7, during which a handbag and a phone worth €760 were taken on May 29.

Robbery at Kings Inn Court and production of a large kitchen knife on May 31 when a purse valued €150 was allegedly stolen.