Youth sentenced for 'barbaric' robbery

Youth sentenced for 'barbaric' robbery

A DUBLIN youth has been given a 10-month custodial sentence for taking part in a “barbaric” mugging during which a man was repeatedly punched, kicked, stamped and jumped on as he lay on the ground.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was detained by Judge John O'Connor following his sentence hearing at the Dublin Children's Court today.

The boy pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted robbery of the man (aged 20) at Citywest Campus Luas Stop, Citywest, Dublin on the afternoon of July 25 last. A pre-sentence probation report was furnished today to the juvenile court.

Garda Brian O'Connor obtained CCTV footage from cameras at the tram stop and had played the footage in court. The video showed a young man walking and then the teen and another person ran up to him.

He was pushed off a path on to a grass verge where he was knocked down. During the approximately five-minute incident he was beaten and the pair stamped on his body.

The man rolled in a ball to protect himself as he was jumped on and kicked.

At one stage during the beating, his accomplice could be seen leaping in the air and landing with both feet on the body of the young man.

The muggers then stopped and briefly walked away but came back to pick the man up off the ground, before they resumed attacking him. He continued to sustain blows and was knocked back on to the ground and stamped on again.

He suffered facial injuries and made a recovery but remained shaken up as a result of the incident which was described by the judge as barbaric.

Defence solicitor Michelle Finan asked the court to note the youth, who is in care, made admissions to gardai and was helpful during the investigation. She said the incident was extremely serious but the boy was disgusted by what he had done. 

The teen had also admitted stealing a person's phone and assault during another incident.

A second youth is to be sentenced in January for his role in the mugging of the 20-year-old man at Citywest Campus Luas stop.