Teen in court for pushing girl aggressively on swing


A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has appeared in court charged with attacking and injuring a girl on a playground swing.

The boy, then aged 14, is charged with assault causing harm to the girl on a date in June last year at a playground in north Co. Dublin.

In an outline of allegations, Garda Vincent Turley told the Dublin Children's Court that a girl was on a large disc shaped rocking swing when the defendant and another youth started pushing her aggressively.

Gda Turley said the boy, who was not known the girl, started laughing and “started pushing it harder".

When the girl, whose age was not stated, “roared at him to stop” the second youth stood back. It is alleged the defendant kept pushing her “really high” and the girl began crying.

The court heard the teen “continued pushing her until the swing flipped over”.

The girl went face first into the ground causing injuries to her nose, ear and cheek bone.

Judge John O'Connor adjourned the case until later this month for hearing to decide whether the case should stay in the juvenile court or instead be sent forward to the circuit court which can impose lengthier sentences.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his parents and his lawyer, has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charge.

At his next hearing, the defence will have to plead for the case to be kept in the juvenile court by asked the judge to take into consideration the boy's age and level of maturity as well as any other relevant information. The judge has made an order for disclosure of the prosecution evidence.