Teen thug kneed and punched man in the face
A 15-YEAR-OLD boy who held another male by the neck and repeatedly punched and kneed him in the face during a vicious robbery on Dublin’s Grafton Street will be sentenced later this month.
The boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court to robbery and attempted robbery of two males, whose ages were not stated, on the night of Nov. 21 last. Judge John O’Connor said it was a particularly serious as he adjourned the case for four weeks for victim impact statements to be obtained.
The boy's solicitor Brian Keenan asked the court to mark plea of guilty.
The teenager, who was accompanied to court by a care worker, was remanded on continuing bail. A pre-sentence probation report on him will also be prepared.
Garda Brian O’Reilly had told the court it was alleged the boy approached one male and punched him in the face twice and then kneed him. The court has also heard that he punched the second male in the face three time before he “grabbed him around the neck and walked him up the street 15 feet”.
The court heard he then gave him 12 punches to the face and kneed him six times.
He tried to take his iPhone and then returned to the first male and restrained him while an accomplice took his wallet containing €60.
The incident was captured on CCTV.
He also two minor charges for public order and shoplifting offences and has pleaded guilty to them also, the judge noted.
The court has heard the teenager has secured chance for employment and to learn a trade. Mr Keenan said the boy’s social worker is happy with his progress. The teenager is in care is making efforts to discuss how to deal with conflict, the court was told.
At one stage the teenager found himself relying on hostel accommodation after his placement with his father did not work out, Judge O’Connor was told.