Tuesday 17 September 2019

Court orders psychiatric report on boy who slit woman's throat at seafront

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A court has ordered psychiatric and psychological reports on a 16-year-old boy who admitted cutting a woman's throat in an attempted murder in Dún Laoghaire.

Mr Justice Michael White ordered the reports and deferred sentencing at the Central Criminal Court.

The accused, who was 15 at the time of the attack, had met the then 25-year-old woman through a social media app when he took her to the seafront and knifed her, cutting into her windpipe.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to murder Stephanie Ng at Queen's Road, Dún Laoghaire, on December 23, 2017.

Prosecutor Paul Burns SC said reports by a consultant psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist were required and would take 28 days to prepare.

Mr Justice White noted it was "quite a tight timeline in view of the complexities of the issues".

He then explained to the defendant the reason for his further remand in custody, to May 9.

The boy, dressed in blue jeans, a navy sweater and grey shirt stood and said "yes" when asked if he understood.

At a pre-sentence hearing last month, the court heard when the accused and victim made contact through the Whisper app, the boy pretended he was 19.

When they met, she declined suggestions they go to derelict buildings and they went to the water's edge where he suggested they take a selfie.

The accused grabbed Ms Ng and started choking her while brandishing a knife.

Her hand was cut as she tried to catch a hold of the knife and in a "calm and controlled voice", he told her to stop screaming.

Ms Ng passed out and after she came around, passers-by came to her assistance.

She had a slash wound across her neck that cut through the trachea and stab injuries on her arm and thumb. In a victim impact statement, Ms Ng said her life had been "destroyed" by the attack and she would struggle to ever forgive the boy for his "demonic" actions.

Irish Independent

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