A YOUNG man who punched a 14-year-old boy in the face a number of times before stole his Apple iPod has been remanded on continuing bail at Balbriggan District Court for a Probation & Welfare Report.
Alan Joyce (19) walked up to the 14-year-old victim on the train from Gormanston to Skerries and tried to grab his iPod. He then punched the young boy a number of times in the face causing severe bruising and got off the train at Balbriggan Train Station with the iPod.
Gardai located him on Balbriggan Beach a short time later in possession of the stolen iPod.
Joyce of Hampton Wood Park in Finglas pleaded guilty to the theft of the the iPod on August 10th last year.
Sergeant Tony Tighe told Judge Dermot Dempsey that the Director of Public Prosecutions directed summary disposal of the case.
Defence solicitor Ms Fiona Darcy told the court that the 19-year-old, who has been in the care of the HSE since 2010, had a difficult upbringing because his mother was physically abusive towards him.
'He doesn't have a drink or drugs problem,' Ms Darcy said.
Sgt Tighe said the victim was left badly bruised and traumatised by the incident and that it is 'not something he will get over easily'.
Judge Dempsey remarked that the incident had 'better be a once off incident,' and that he will give Joyce one opportunity with the Probation Services.
'You are going into custody if you don't comply with the Probation Services and I am making a note of that,' said Judge Dempsey.
He remanded Joyce on continuing bail to re-appear before the court on March 27th for a Probation & Welfare Report.