Saturday 22 July 2017

Visitor to Dublin seriously injured after teen gang attack

Tom Tuite

A YOUNG Galway man was seriously injured and has been attending a psychiatrist since he was brutally attacked by a gang of youths during his first stay in Dublin, a court has heard.

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, faced preliminary hearings at Dublin Children's Court today in connection with the attack on the 20-year-old man. They have been charged with assault causing harm and violent disorder at the Dublin City University campus, on February 25 last.

The court heard today that the young man had come from Galway for his first week long break in Dublin when he was set upon and repeatedly kicked and punched in front of his girlfriend.

Judge Ann Ryan asked to hear an outline of the allegations to decide if the case should be dealt with in the city's juvenile court or instead go to the Circuit Court which has wider sentencing powers.

Garda Barry Duggan said it would be alleged the 17-year-old instigated a brutal and unprovoked attack on the man.

He suffered multiple scrapes to his back and chest, facial bruising, a broken nose and teeth and is now “undergoing psychiatric treatment as well”.

It was alleged the 16-year-old boy joined in after the unprovoked attack begun, the court heard.

Lawyers for the teens asked the court to note that the pair, who are in school, had no prior convictions and made admissions. They also said the incident was drink fuelled.

Judge Ryan noted these points but held that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the Children's Court.

The boys, who were accompanied to court by family members, were remanded on continuing bail to appear again next month. A book of evidence is to be served on them and their cases will then be sent forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Another boy, also aged 16, who faces the same charges, is to appear again later this month at the Children's Court for a decision on his trial venue.

It is alleged he also joined in the attack and threw punches and kicks at the young man.

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