Teenage girl accused of four muggings in two days granted bail

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Among the items the accused is alleged to have taken are four mobile phones
Among the items the accused is alleged to have taken are four mobile phones

A teenage girl accused of taking part in four street muggings over a two-day period in Dublin city-centre has been granted bail.

The 17-year-old from Dublin, who cannot be named because she is a juvenile, faces four counts of robbery in connection with incidents on June 23rd and the following day.

It is alleged that on the first date she stole: a wallet containing €40, two bank cards and a immigration identity card from a foreign male at Westmoreland Street; a Sony mobile phone worth €250 and a Nokia phone to the value of €60, and a bag with a passport and €35 in cash from a man at South King Street in the city-centre, and an iPhone 6 worth €850 and €50 cash from another male at the same location.

The remaining charge is for robbing a male of phone worth €250 at St Stephen's Green West on June 24th.

Gardai had successfully objected to bail at Dublin Children's Court which had heard that “the difficulty is an address”. Subsequently the High Court agreed to grant to bail to the teenager who appeared again at the juvenile court today.

Defence solicitor John Quinn told Judge Deirdre Gearty that the girl, who was accompanied to court by her mother, will be able to take up the bail tomorrow.

Judge Gearty adjourned the case for four weeks for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

The teen, who has not yet entered a plea, has given an address at a city-centre hostel.

A decision has yet to be made as to whether her trial will be held in the juvenile court or instead get transferred to the Circuit Court which has tougher sentencing powers.