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Youth allegedly attacked delivery man with bottle during attempted robbery

Youth allegedly attacked delivery man with bottle during attempted robbery

A DUBLIN youth who allegedly used a bottle to attack a delivery man during an attempted robbery has been refused bail.

He blessed himself hurriedly as he was brought before the Dublin Children's Court charged with attempted robbery at Applewood, Swords, Dublin on April 13.

Garda Aine McGee objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence and attempts made by the 17-year-old to avoid arrest. She said the teenager made no reply when charged on Tuesday.

It was alleged a delivery man was at the back of a shop where the teenager became verbally abusive and demanded his phone. She said the delivery man was “viscously assaulted with a glass bottle and was kicked and thumped”.

The teenager had been in a nearby shop earlier and was put out. About 20 minutes after the attempted robbery gardai arrived and found that paramedics were having trouble with the accused, it was alleged.

He was in the back of an ambulance and his friends told gardai the teenager had been attacked.

The court also heard that afterwards gardai had difficulty finding him and that when he realised they had a warrant to arrest him “he ran again”

Defence solicitor Ciara Hallinan said the youth's girlfriend is expecting a child and this will give him direction in life. He had been abusing tablets and alcohol since he was aged 15, the court heard.

The solicitor said her client, who was accompanied to court by his mother, would abide by bail conditions.

However, Judge John O'Neill refused bail and remanded the youth, who has not yet entered a plea, in custody. It is expected he will make a High Court application for bail next week..