Sunday 26 March 2017

Teenage yob sorry for savage attack on woman

Stephen Maguire

A HEARTBROKEN husband told yesterday how his wife will never be the same after she was savagely assaulted by a 14-year-old boy who robbed her after his parents stopped his pocket money.

Retired nurse Anna McDaid, who is in her late 60s, suffered horrific injuries after she was set upon by the boy in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, in August last year while walking to her local post office.

She suffered a broken arm, a dislocated shoulder and was knocked unconscious during the attack which happened in broad daylight at 5pm.

Her handbag, which contained €300, was stolen and found later without the money.

Mrs McDaid was found by a passerby and had to spend nine days in hospital.

Treatment

Speaking at Milford District Court yesterday, her husband Joe revealed she was still undergoing medical treatment and had only 50pc use of her left arm.

"She is trying to get on with her life but she will never be the same woman she was," he said simply.

Mrs McDaid's young attacker was before the courts to allow Judge Paul Kelly to hear the outcome of a probation report on the youth, who is now 15.

Solicitor Kieran Dillon told the court that the boy was now a completely different character and was sorry for what happened. He said he had completed a home-schooling course and hoped to begin a FAS computer course.

"Nothing I can say will change what happened to Mrs McDaid and my client is deeply sorry for what he did. But this has been a life-changing incident for him. His attitude at home has changed completely.

"He is at a crossroads in his life and I would ask you to give him a chance," he said.

Mr Dillon said he had tried to arrange a meeting to allow the boy to apologise to Mrs McDaid's face but she declined the offer. He has given his victim €500 in compensation.

The court also heard that the boy faced other charges of theft of alcohol from a supermarket and the unauthorised taking of a car to which he pleaded guilty.

"This is a catalogue of criminal behaviour over a four or five-month period. I have to take into consideration the horrific injuries which Mrs McDaid has suffered and which will remain with her for a long time," Judge Kelly said.

He adjourned the case until September 12 for an updated probation report and said he was considering imposing 120 hours' community service on the boy.

Irish Independent

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