Sunday 25 February 2018

Boy (15) accused of robbing woman at knife-point to stand trial

Tom Tuite

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been served with a book of evidence and returned for trial for robbing a woman in Dublin at knife-point.

The teenager had been charged at the Dublin Children's Court with robbery at Fumbally Lane on September 29 last.

Garda Brendan Whitty had told the city's juvenile court that it was alleged the boy approached the woman “and produced a knife”.

It was claimed the boy then “pushed the female against a wall and proceeded to rob her of her possessions, an iPhone to the value of €400 and her handbag”.

The court heard that during another incident it was alleged he attacked a shop worker with a hurley after the man refused to sell him cigarettes.

The juvenile court has heard that the boy gave no reason for his actions, and social services has provided him with accommodation because of his difficult family situation.

It had been held that his case was too serious to be dealt with in the juvenile court and should be dealt with in the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

He was accompanied to his hearing at the Children's Court today by his mother and a social worker. The 15-year-old, who is on bail, was served with a book of evidence and Judge John O'Connor made an order sending him forward for trial.

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