Saturday 24 February 2018

Masked raiders broke into 18th-birthday garden party, court told


A GARDEN party for a young woman celebrating her 18th birthday descended into chaos when a gang of masked raiders broke in to attack her and her guests, a court heard today.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with violent disorder in connection with the incident at the woman's south Dublin home in November last year.

He appeared at the Dublin Children's Court today for a hearing to determine his trial venue. The DPP had recommended that the case should go forward to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

In an outline of the allegations, Detective Garda Gabriel Duffy told Judge Michael Walsh that a marquee had been set up in the garden of the young woman's house and about 40 guests were there to celebrate her birthday.

He said it would be alleged that the rear gates to the house were smashed and between three and eight intruders entered “with their identities concealed by hats, scarves and dark glasses armed with hurleys and attacked people in the marquee”.

He said they were swinging indiscriminately and eight people sustained injuries. The young woman had to be rushed to hospital with bruising to her arm. She later had symptoms including tingling in her hand but a report showed that no medical complications are expected.

Her brother was also set on; he suffered a chipped tooth and has been referred to a plastic surgeon as a result of being left with an irregular lip outline.

Defence solicitor John Quinn asked the court to accept jurisdiction. He said it was not alleged his client had been using a hurley or harmed anyone.

He said the teen was accused of dragging and pushing people and punching a male who was not injured.

Judge Walsh accepted jurisdiction and remanded the boy, who was accompanied to court by his father, on bail to appear again in three weeks when he is to enter a plea to the charge.

Two others have been charged in connection with the incident and one of them is to face Circuit Court trial.

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