Teen girl who allegedly stamped on man's head during robbery to be tried at Circuit Court

Teen girl who allegedly stamped on man's head during robbery to be tried at Circuit Court

A TEENAGE girl, who allegedly kicked and stamped on a man's head eight times during gang robbery in Dublin's Temple Bar, has been sent forward for trial.

A boy, aged 15, and the 17-year-old girl have appeared at the 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 had 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 served with a book of evidence and Judge O'Connor told her she was being returned for trial to the next term of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. She will face her next hearing on April 8 next.

She has been remanded on remanded on continuing bail.

Her co-defendant is due back in the juvenile court in April to have a book of evidence served on him.