Sunday 26 February 2017

Teenager sent for trial after masked gang allegedly 'crashed' party

Tom Tuite

A DUBLIN youth has been returned for trial over an incident where after a masked gang allegedly armed with sharpened poles gate-crashed a birthday party and attacked revellers.

The teenager has been charged at the Children's Court with engaging in a violent disorder in connection with the incident, in Harold's Cross in Dublin, in November last year.

The court heard that it would be alleged that there had been a garden party for a young woman celebrating her 18th birthday. A number of people are alleged to have broken in through a side door armed with sharpened poles.

The woman suffered bruising and one male sustained a chipped tooth and some of her guests were attacked.

It has been held that the then 17-year-old defendant's case is too serious to be dealt with in the juvenile court and should be heard in the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

The youth, now aged 18, was was served with a book of evidence yesterday (wed) and Judge Patrick Clyne made an order sending him forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The teenager has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charge. Another youth is currently awaiting sentence in the New Year for his role in the incident.

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