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Teen in court for taking part in city centre robbery

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A TEENAGER armed with a broken bottle held a man in a Dublin city-centre lane for 15 minutes as an accomplice took his ATM card to steal money from his bank account, a court has heard.

The 16-year-old boy was granted bail after he appeared at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday charged with two robberies.

He allegedly robbed a 19-year-old man of a phone and €220 at Preston Street  on June 2 and he is accused of taking part in a mugging near Benburb Street on July 8th.

Garda John Saunderson told Judge John O'Connor that during the first incident it would be claimed that man was befriended by two youths and agreed to buy them cigarettes. Afterwards he was allegedly threatened by the youths who had a broken bottle. They walked him down a lane, searched by them and his phone and ATM card were taken, it was alleged.

Objecting to bail, Garda Saunderson said the teenage defendant admitted when interviewed that he had the bottle and held the man for 15 minutes while an accomplice went to an ATM machine with his card and withdrew €220.

CCTV evidence showed a number of locations in the city-centre where the young man interacted with the two youths, the court was told.

Judge O'Connor heard it was alleged the youths walked the man to Connolly train station “and instructed him to take a train home”.

Garda Saunderson said that during the second alleged incident a 33-year-old woman was approached by two males. It was alleged the teenager stood in front of her while an accomplice took her bag containing her phone and then punched her to the head.

The teenager was accompanied to court by his barrister and a staff member from a residential centre for homeless youths where he resides. Judge O'Connor granted bail but ordered the youth to obey a curfew and noted that staff from the boy's accommodation will inform gardai if it is broken. The boy was also banned from associating with other named youths and ordered to appear again next week.

No plea was entered during the hearing today and directions from the DPP need to be obtained.

The teen, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was warned that if the bail terms were breached he will be remanded in custody. The teenager spoke once during the hearing saying “yes” when asked if he understood.