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Teen thug who slashed actor’s face with broken bottle remanded in custody

Teen thug who slashed actor’s face with broken bottle remanded in custody

A DUBLIN youth accused of leaving a young actor permanently scarred by slashing his face with a broken bottle, has been further remanded in custody.

The teenage boy (16) appeared at the Dublin Children's Court on Tuesday when Judge John O'Connor was told the State was seeking a further four weeks to complete the book of evidence. Judge O'Connor acceded to the adjournment.

The 16-year-defendant had been dealing drugs prior to the attack and his temper “flared up” when asked for a refund for selling fake ecstasy tablets, the juvenile court was told at a previous stage.

The boy, who cannot be named because he is minor, said “I'm very sorry for what I've done” after he was charged with causing serious harm to budding actor Andrew Cusack (21) whose face was slashed with a broken bottle in the early hours of May 2 at Dame Lane in Dublin city-centre.

Mr Cusack is the son of Professor Stephen Cusack, an expert on emergency medicine at UCC.

Earlier this month, the 16-year-old faced a preliminary hearing at the Children's Court to decide if his case should be dealt with there or instead get sent sent forward to the Circuit Court which can impose lengthier sentences.

Judge John O'Connor ruled that it was too serious to be dealt with in the juvenile court and should go to the higher court.

In an outline of the allegations Garda Keith Connors told Judge O'Connor that Mr Cusack had purchased what he believed to be ecstasy tablets from the defendant earlier however he discovered the drugs were not real.

About 40 minutes later Mr Cusack and his friend ran into the teenager again Dame Lane by “pure chance” and “looked for a refund”.

There was a row and the boy picked up a glass from a window ledge and “the glass was thrust directly in to Mr Cusack's face”.

CCTV footage showed the victim and his friend remonstrating with him and his group.

He can be seen dropping to his knees with blood pouring down his face and dripping on to the ground forming a large pool.

Medical reports said Mr Cusack had four scars from his lower left lip across his cheek ranging between four and six centimetres in length.

His lower left lip is permanently numb and may have been weakened. He will also require surgery and treatment for many years.

Gda Connors had said the man wanted to be an actor but the attack “may scupper his chances” and it has also affected his personal confidence.

The defendant, who was accompanied to court by his mother and his solicitor, has not yet entered a plea to the charge.

The court heard the teenager has dropped out of school after the Junior Cert and was diagnosed with having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Defence solicitor David Stafford said the teen “fell in with a bad crowd” and was abusing including various tablets, cannabis and cocaine.

It is suspected he has psychological and psychiatric issues, and he has recently been involved in serious self harming incidents.

The teen's family life had also been disrupted by him being the victim of severe bullying, the court had also heard.