A TEENAGER with a history of anger-management problems will be sentenced next month for spitting in the face of a prison officer at a detention centre for young offenders
Judge William Early heard at the Dublin Children's Court that on March 12 last, at St Patrick's Institution, in Dublin the 17-year-old boy had become aggressive with another inmate. Staff intervened and he was escorted back to his cell where he "spat in the face" of a prison officer.
The boy, who is from Cork pleaded guilty to an assault charge and had eight prior criminal convictions including burglary and theft offences. Judge Early was told that the boy was due to be released in April from St Patrick's Institution.
Aoife McNickle, the boy's counsel, asked the court to note that the youth had already been disciplined in the detention centre for the assault and as a result he had lost a number of privileges.
Before being detained he had a place in a training course but from the age of 11 he had been found to have an anger management problem. However, despite a number of assessments being carried out, no-one could give a definitive answer as to what caused his difficulty in dealing with his emotions, the defence barrister said.
The teen had since apologised to the prison officer, the court also heard.
Judge Early asked for a pre-sentence probation report on the boy to be prepared and adjourned the case until February 5 next.