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Teen who spat in shop worker's face spared a conviction

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The judge applied the Probation Act
The judge applied the Probation Act

A DUBLIN youth, who spat in a shop worker's face during a row, has been spared a criminal conviction and a sentence.

Judge John O'Connor noted at the Dublin Children's Court that the youth had never been in trouble before and he had written a letter of apology which gardai have passed on to the woman.

The judge applied the Probation Act.

Garda Karen McCoy told the court heard that the then 17-year-old boy went into a shop and got into an altercation with the woman who was working there.

The accused, now aged 18, “spat in her face and left the shop” but he was later identified from the shop's CCTV footage.                                               

Gda McCoy said the victim has accepted the teen's letter of apology.

The youth had no prior criminal convictions and he does not come to garda attention, the Gda McCoy said.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone said it was a “moment of madness” and the youth has shown genuine remorse.

The barrister said the youth accepted it was a disgusting thing to do. The teen is unemployed  and left school at the age of 16 but he has started getting involved in a football team in his locality, counsel said.

The youth had pleaded guilty to assaulting the shop worker at Kilbarrack Shopping Centre in Dublin 5 on Dec. 1, 2015.