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Teens charged with vicious attack on schoolboy

Teens charged with vicious attack on schoolboy

FOUR Dublin youths have appeared in court charged with attacking a schoolboy who suffered serious stab wounds.

The incident allegedly happened in Coolock in north Dublin on Sept. 19 last year.

Two 17-year-old boys, who cannot be named because they are juveniles, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court.

They are charged with violent disorder, assault causing harm to a named teenage youth and producing a metal baton and a crutch during an assault as weapons capable of causing serious injury.

Two adult co-defendants, Aaran Flanagan (18), of Moateview Court, Priorswood, and 19-year-old Brandon Smith also of Moateview Court, were charged with assault causing harm and violent disorder.

The 18-year-old also has a charge for producing a crutch as a weapon during an assault.

The DPP has directed that they should face trial on indictment in the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers, and further charges are to follow.

Lawyers for the two 17-year-old boys will be able to make submissions under section 75 of the Children Act pleading with the juvenile court to accept jurisdiction.

It has discretion to deal with a more serious cases following submissions in relation to a defendant's age and level of maturity as well as other relevant factors.

The teens, who were accompanied to court by family members and lawyers, made no reply when charged and no plea has been indicated.

They were remanded on bail to appear again in seven weeks. Legal aid was granted and they have been warned by Judge John O'Connor they cannot have any contact with the complainant.