Thursday 26 April 2018

Community service considered for teen who mugged boy

TOM TUITE

COMMUNITY service is being considered for a teenager, who stole €2,500 worth of lead from a shopping centre weeks after he mugged a frightened young boy in St Stephen's Green in Dublin.

The 16-year-old has pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to robbery of the boy (aged 15), on August 11 last year. He has also admitted theft of lead at the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght on September 11 last.

Judge John O'Connor adjourned the case to allow the Probation Service to canvas the teen's suitability for 100 hours of community service in lieu of a four-month sentence.

The boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his parents, was remanded on continuing bail and was ordered to appear again on July 24 next.

Earlier the court had heard that the Probation Service were also trying to identify an educational placement for the teenager who had dropped out of school.

Garda Nigel Daly had told Judge O'Connor that a young boy had been approached by a group of youths. The teenager sat beside him and began chatting to him and then “said to him to hand over his wallet in a threatening manner”.

The boy complied and his money was taken. However, the teenager, who has no prior criminal convictions, was found travelling on the Luas afterwards. One of his friends had €10 which belonged to the victim and Judge O'Connor also heard that €17 was missing.

Defence counsel Aoife McNickle had said the youth came from a stable family and the robbery took place because he had been “showing off to the others”.

The barrister had said the teenager had left school before sitting the Junior Cert and then did another educational course but left it; he takes part in sports and is involved in pro-social activities, she had also said.

Judge O'Connor had said the ordeal must have been “very frightening” for the victim.

The teenager also admitted to the lead theft offence which occurred a month later and the charge says the value of the stolen property is €2,500.

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