Thursday 22 February 2018

14-year-old remanded over suspected race hate attack

Tom Tuite

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy charged over a suspected racially motivated attack on a Pakistani national in Dublin, has been given an extra week before he has to enter a plea.

The boy had been charged at the Dublin Children's Court in April along with two other youths with possessing a metal pole as a weapon and assault causing harm.

He was aged 13 when he allegedly took part in the assault on the the man in his thirties who suffered superficial injuries during the incident, at the South Circular Road, on June 17 last year.

Today Judge Ann Ryan heard that the boy had not been able to attend court and prosecuting Garda Mark Bolger accepted an explanation provided to him by the defence.

Judge Ryan remanded the boy on continuing bail in his absence to appear again on June 27 when he is to tell the court how he intends to plead to the charges.

At an earlier stage, Judge Ryan had heard that the incident involved a man being injured after he was allegedly attacked in what was suspected to have been a racially motivated incident.

A 15-year-old boy, who beat the man about his face with a garden rake during the unprovoked attack, has already pleaded guilty to an assault charge. The court has heard that he instigated the attack and he is to face sentencing in July.

A third boy, also aged 15, has pleaded not guilty to possessing an iron bar as a weapon during the incident and is awaiting trial

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