Dublin teen facing time for knife attack on man he claims attacked him previously

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Dublin teen facing time for knife attack on man he claims attacked him previously

A 16-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy is facing a sentence for a knife attack on a man he claims attacked him previously.

The boy has pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and production of a knife in connection with the incident in Coolock in the city's north side on December 1 last.

The teenager, who was accompanied to his hearing by his solicitor and his father, was given a last chance to avoid a custodial sentence.

Judge John O'Connor asked for an updated probation report on the teenager to be furnished to the Dublin Children's Court when the case resumes in four weeks.

The boy must continue to engage with the Probation Service but also needs to attend a training course and an addiction counselling service.

The court heard the victim suffered a broken nose, was cut on his shoulder and required stitches. However, he did not want to provide a victim impact statement.

The boy claims that prior to the incident he had been attacked by the victim, the court heard.

Judge O'Connor heard that the teenager made no reply to the charge.

The boy has been was ordered to obey a curfew, and engage with social workers and have no contact with the injured party.

Judge O'Connor has warned him this included phone or social media contact.

The boy was also ordered to stay away from the scene of the attack and to be sober and intoxicant free at all times.

Asked earlier if he understood what would happen if he broke the conditions, the boy replied: "Yeah, go into custody."