Friday 18 October 2019

Six years for 'sadistic' teen who set fire to girl's hair


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Aoife Nic Ardghail and Declan Brennan

A teenager who repeatedly slammed a door into a girl's head and set fire to her hair in a "sadistic" attack has been jailed for six years.

A witness told gardaí that Dylan Lynch (18) told him to take a video of the door banging the teenage girl's head and share it with friends on Snapchat.

The witness said he did this using Lynch's own phone. He said the girl, who had been drinking vodka with a group in Lynch's bedroom, had looked "drowsy" when she was put sitting up.

Lynch took a deodorant can and lighter and created a flame at the back of the girl's head. He started cutting clumps of the girl's singed hair and throwing them out of the window.

Lynch, of Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting the teenage girl at his home on July 21, 2018.

Judge Melanie Greally imposed a three-year sentence for what she described as the "sadistic" and "degrading" assault in July 2018. This is to run consecutive to a four and a half year term for robbery and assault with a vodka bottle committed three months earlier.

Lynch was on bail for these offences when he attacked the girl. As a result the sentences must run consecutively. The last 18 months were suspended on condition he engage with the Probation Service for 18 months. She said she was taking into consideration his youth, the trauma of his childhood, his remorse and his drug addiction issues.

Garda Sarah Hogan told Monika Leech BL, prosecuting, that girls who had been with the victim eventually took her out of the house. The girl and her mother complained to gardaí the following day.

The victim said the video of her passed out was circulated and she no longer trusted anyone who was there on the night.

Irish Independent

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