Saturday 20 January 2018

Boy (17) in court over serious attack on two gardaí

The Children's Court in Dublin
The Children's Court in Dublin

Tom Tuite

A teenager has been charged with attacking two gardai who suffered serious injuries after they allegedly stopped him driving a motorcycle in Dublin.

One garda suffered a broken jaw and his colleague sustained a broken nose during the incident in Ballyfermot on September 1 last year.

The boy (17) appeared at the Dublin Children's Court to face two counts of assault causing harm as well as charges for driving without a licence or insurance. The boy, who was accompanied to court by his parents, made no reply to the charges.

It was alleged that when he was initially stopped driving a scrambler motorbike he struck Garda Daniel Matthewson, who suffered a broken jaw. It was alleged the motorcyclist fled and Garda Trevor Mallon went to the boy's home where he was head-butted and suffered a broken nose.

Judge John O'Connor remanded the boy on bail to appear again in six weeks for medical reports to be furnished the court. A decision has yet to be made as to whether the case will remain in the juvenile court or go forward to the circuit court which has tougher sentencing powers.

No plea was entered by the boy who was aged 16 at the time of the alleged incident.

The defence must make submissions under section 75 of the Children Act pleading with the juvenile court. The court can accept jurisdiction in serious cases following submissions in relation to the boy's age and level of maturity as well as other relevant factors.

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