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Youth kicked teen full force in the face

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Youth kicked teen full force in the face

A YOUTH is facing trial accused of kicking another teenage boy “full force” in the face during an alleged attack in Dublin.

Garda Mark Nolan told the Dublin Children's Court today that the teenage victim was left covered in blood and became reclusive after the alleged incident last year.

It was alleged the complainant, who is in his mid-teens, had been walking on a west Dublin road with two others. They were approached by the 16-year-old defendant and another youth, it was claimed.

Judge John O'Connor heard that the boy was then attacked. He was knocked against a wall and the teenage defendant then  “kicked him full force in to the right hand side of his face”.

He was bleeding heavily and when he reached his home he collapsed. He was taken to hospital with a “severely swollen face” and Gda Nolan said the teen's “clothes were destroyed with blood from head to toe”.

A full medical report on his injuries has to be obtained before the Judge can rule on whether the case should be dealt with in the juvenile court or instead be sent to the circuit court which has tougher sentencing powers.

Gda Nolan said that after the incident the injured boy was reclusive, “could barely speak” and was terrified to leave his house. His parents had to force him to start going to school again. 

The 16-year-old defendant, who was accompanied to the hearing by his parents, was remanded on bail to appear again next month when the trial venue issue will be decided. He has not yet indicated how he will plead.