A SCHOOLBOY was left with severe injuries during a vicious iPhone mugging in broad daylight.
Tallaght pupil Darragh Nugent (14) was kicked by two thugs while he lay on the ground after he had refused to hand over his mobile.
The youngster had been talking on the phone to his mother as he made his way home from school. Two older teenagers attacked him from behind, giving him no opportunity to defend himself.
Darragh's mother Paula branded the attackers cowards and spoke about how the assault has left her son shaken and suffering from a bloodied face.
The teenager, a pupil at Old Bawn Community School in Tallaght, was walking through Sean Walsh Memorial Park at 2pm last Friday week when two older youths passed him, going in the other direction.
"When they saw he was on the phone, they stopped and turned back and came from behind. They started to beat him. He wouldn't give them his phone.
"They thought he would just hand it over. He was on the ground. They pushed his head into the grass and they were kicking him. It was really upsetting. I've been completely upset about it," mother-of-five Paula said.
"They were brutal with my son," she added. "It was horrific. It was just disgraceful. He was very shaken up. He seems to be getting on with it. . . but I know by looking at him that he is upset about it. He is quite annoyed that he couldn't stop the lads," she said.
Paula (40) said her son – who does boxing in St Mary's Boxing Club in Tallaght – is not an easy target and was upset at not being able to get his phone back from the thugs.
As they made off, Darragh went after them but he wasn't able to catch the pair, his mother explained.
She said the whole community is talking about the anti-social behaviour which goes on in Sean Walsh Park, near The Square Shopping Centre.
The park was developed for the people of Tallaght but "it seems to have been taken over by these lunatics", Paula said.
Two youths were detained and interviewed. They were released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.