Tuesday 25 October 2016

Girl (14) was on acid during 'absolutely savage' gang assault

Tom Tuite

Published 12/11/2015 | 06:45

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A 14-year-old girl was on acid when she took part in a "savage" Dublin city-centre gang mugging of a man who was beaten unconscious, a court heard.

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The girl, now 15, pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to her role in the robbery of the Chinese national (28) at Liffey Street in the early hours of July 10 last and was remanded on bail for sentencing.

She is one of seven young people who had been charged; unlike most of them, the juvenile court accepted jurisdiction for her case due to her age, plea of guilty and lack of prior criminal convictions.

The CCTV evidence shows a pack of teens, including five boys, surrounding the man who was repeatedly punched, kicked and kneed. They ripped his shirt off him before he was pulled to the ground where kicks rained down on his head and body.

The 28-year-old could be seen trying to protect himself and struggled to stand up while the youths still had him surrounded and some of them continued kicking and punching him. A final blow to the back his head saw him knocked out, flat on his back and left lying on the street motionless.

Judge O'Connor has said: "I have seen that video on a number of occasions and each time I am equally shocked." He has described it as "absolutely savage" and as "gang mentality of its worst kind".

The victim, who suffered cuts and swelling to his face, a lump on his head, bruising on his legs and severe bruising on chest could have been killed, the judge has also said. The man's phone was also taken during the mugging.

The girl's father came to court with her and he was in tears as he watched the footage of his daughter and the gang.


She was the first to approach the victim and appeared to hug him before the beating took place. At the end of the ordeal, she flung his shoe at him as the gang ran off.

The girl was laughing and joking when she was arrested and taken to a city-centre garda station shortly after the robbery.

Defence solicitor Michelle Finan asked the court to note the girl's father was "disgusted". She said the teen had no prior criminal convictions and has not been in trouble since.

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