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Frightening Knife-wielding teen tried to rob builder of ladder as he worked in housing estate

Darragh Nugent (19) hid the knife but it was later found.

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Darragh Nugent of James Connolly Park, Clondalkin, charged with attempted robbery and producing a kitchen knife.

Darragh Nugent of James Connolly Park, Clondalkin, charged with attempted robbery and producing a kitchen knife.

Darragh Nugent of James Connolly Park, Clondalkin, charged with attempted robbery and producing a kitchen knife.

A TEENAGER tried to rob a frightened builder of his ladder at knifepoint as the man carried out roofing on a house.

Darragh Nugent (19) pointed the kitchen knife at the victim and tried to take his ladder while he was carrying out work in the housing estate where the perpetrator lived.

Judge Gerard Jones adjourned sentencing after requesting further evidence at Blanchardstown District Court.

Nugent, of James Connolly Park, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and producing a kitchen knife in the course of committing an offence.

The incident happened at James Connolly Park last August 17.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Judge Jones the DPP directed summary disposal in the district court on a guilty plea only.

Outlining the prosecution's case, she said gardaí were called to the estate where it was reported the perpetrator had tried to take a ladder from the victim and had a knife, pointing it at the man and a witness.

Both people feared for their safety, the court heard.

Nugent hid the knife but it was later found.

Nugent followed the victim and the witness back to a house in the estate and again confronted both parties, Sgt Callaghan said.

He was restrained until the gardaí arrived and arrested him.

Judge Jones asked for more information on the incident.

Sgt Callaghan said according the summary of evidence available to the court, both people were adults and the victim was a builder who was working in the estate.

Defence solicitor Sandra Frayne said there were witness statements.

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Judge Jones adjourned sentencing, saying he wanted the prosecuting garda to tell him "what was going on" on the day.

He remanded the accused on continuing bail to a date in May.

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