Sunday 22 April 2018

Court hears man tied teenager to radiator and tortured him for 90 minutes

Sonya McLean

A MAN will be sentenced later after he tied up a 14-year-old boy to a radiator, threw boiling water down his trousers and scraped off skin from his knees, knuckles and fingertips with a cheese grater.

Alan Ellis (21) brought the teenager into a flat in Rathmines, Dublin and said he wanted to show him how to tie a particular knot.

He then used the flex of a hoover to tie the victim to the radiator before he tortured him for almost an hour and a half.

Ellis, who has since been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, was convinced that the teenager had found a stash of drugs. He started to shout at him that he owed him “€3,000 for pills”.

Garda Eddie Fallon told Cormac Quinn BL, prosecuting, that there was no evidence that the teenager had found any drugs or that he owed Ellis money.

The teenager managed to escape after he told Ellis that his father had some money and if he released him he would go to his house, get the cash and return.

The teenager didn’t return and the gardaí were alerted.

But before officers arrived at the flat Ellis was attacked at his home and taken to St James’s Hospital. He was arrested after he was discharged.

Gda Fallon told Mr Quinn that gardaí asked Ellis if he wanted to make a complaint in relation to the assault on him but he refused. He said no allegation has ever been made and gardaí don’t know who carried out the attack.

A victim impact report before the court said the now 16-year-old boy had burns to his genitals and inner thighs.

It was initially believed he would need skin grafts but the skin has since healed. He continues to receive treatment.

His mother outlined in the statement that the assault has changed her son’s life and he has since left school.

Judge Desmond Hogan adjourned the case to next November to allow for the preparation of probation service and medical reports to assess Ellis’s condition.

Ellis, of Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault causing harm to the teenager on March 12, 2012.

He is also due to be sentenced for two charges of burglary of his neighbour’s homes and stealing a Porsche at Knocklyon, Dublin on October 6, 2011. He pleaded guilty to these offences.

Ellis further pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to a staff member at an Esso Service Station on Mount Merrion Road on February 12, 2012.

He has 26 previous convictions for road traffic offences, burglary, criminal damage and theft.

Doctor Tom Moran told Tom Neville BL, defending, that he first treated Ellis when he was referred to him as 13-year-old because he exhibited symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome.

He told Judge Hogan that Ellis suffered at the time with both motor and vocal ticks.

Dr Moran said Ellis later displayed symptoms of paranoid thinking, elated mood and racing thoughts.

He said he knew Ellis was going to be vulnerable to drug addiction because of his condition.

Mr Neville told Judge Hogan that following an incident while on remand in prison, he decided that Ellis should be assessed by the Central Mental Hospital. He was admitted there for two months and released last month when Dr Paul O’Connell diagnosed him as being paranoid schizophrenic.

Ellis’s mother’s Christina told Judge Hogan that when Dr Moran retired in 2010 she had trouble getting the right medical treatment for her son because she said doctors didn’t understand his condition properly.

She described Ellis as being like two different people, compassionate one day and behaving like a monster was coming out of him the next.

Ms Ellis she had to move her younger children out of the family home because they were frightened by Ellis’s violence.

She said Ellis confessed to her at one point about his drug addiction, saying that he had started “taking everything and anything to stop the voices in my head”.

Ms Ellis agreed that at a previous district court hearing she opposed a bail application because she was “worried for society and worried for my son”.

She further agreed with counsel that she knew her son had done terrible things and would serve a prison sentence. “I am here to get help for my son,” Ms Ellis said.

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