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Friday 18 April 2014

Teen pays €100 to charity to avoid conviction for carrying knuckle-dusters in public

A YOUTH caught carrying knuckle-dusters during a public order disturbance has been spared a conviction after he agreed to donate €100 to charity.

The then 17-year-old had admitted having the hand-worn weapon on him during an incident at Emmett Road, in Dublin 8, on a date in January and he also pleaded guilty to a connected breach of the peace charge.

Garda Gemma Bannon told the Dublin Children's Court earlier that the teenager had been “acting in an aggressive manner and shouting”. She had said the teenager made no reply after he was charged and added that he had no prior criminal convictions.

At the boy's hearing in June, defence solicitor Michelle Finan had said the boy had at one point become “estranged” from his family and began getting into trouble. He has other charges “in the pipe line”, the court was also told then.

He was grateful to the garda because if she had not intercepted him “matters could have out of hand”. The boy's lawyer also said the teenager had gone back to live with his family but is not in education or any form of training.

The teen was getting part-time work through which it was hoped he would get an apprenticeship and learn a trade, and he had been ordered to bring to court €100 which is to be donated to charity.

Following a six month adjournment, Judge Patrick Clyne noted that the youth had the money which was handed over in court. Noting that the teenager had complied with the order made earlier, he applied the Probation Act.

The youth, now aged 18, has another case yet to be finalised. In February he is to be sentenced for taking part in a drink-fuelled attack on a teenage boy in Dublin city-centre last year.

He is being supervised by the Probation Service and has been ordered to accept help to deal with his anger-management problem.

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