Teen girl who stamped on man's head eight times to face trial

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Teen girl who stamped on man's head eight times to face trial

A TEENAGE girl who allegedly kicked and stamped on a man's head eight times during a gang robbery in Dublin's Temple Bar is to face a Circuit Court trial, a judge has ruled.

A boy, aged 15, and the 17-year-old girl have appeared at Dublin Children's Court charged with taking €30 from the man in a robbery and taking part in violent disorder with five others at Temple Bar on July 23, 2014.

The two teens, who cannot be named because they are minors, are also charged with assault causing harm to the man.

The DPP had recommended they should face trial on indictment, meaning the case should go forward to the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

They have not yet entered pleas and the teenage girl faced a preliminary hearing to decide her trial venue.

Despite the DPP's recommendation, the juvenile court has discretion to accept jurisdiction for a serious case by taking into consideration the age and level of maturity of a defendant, as well as other information thought to be relevant.

CCTV evidence was shown and the juvenile court heard that after the man, a foreign national, was knocked to the ground, the girl kicked and stamped on his head eight times. He suffered cuts and bruising but no permanent injuries.

Refusing jurisdiction, Judge John O'Connor held the case was too serious to be dealt with in the Children's Court.

The girl, who was accompanied to court by her mother and her solicitor, was remanded on continuing bail pending the preparation of a book of evidence which needs to be completed before she can be returned for trial to the higher court.

Her co-defendant is due back in the juvenile court this month for a ruling on his trial venue.