Wednesday 17 January 2018

Teen (17) arrested on his birthday for “lashing out” at Luas stop

Tom Tuite

A YOUTH, who was arrested in Dublin city-centre on the night of his 17th birthday for lashing out at people at a Luas stop, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

The teenager pleaded guilty yesterday at the Dublin Children's Court to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at the Luas stop on Abbey Street Upper.

Garda Damien Byrne said he encountered the teenager “lashing out at members of the public passing by”.

The teenager, who continued to verbally abuse people, was arrested on the spot for the breach of the peace offence, which occurred earlier this year. Gda Byrne also said that nobody was injured during the incident.

When he was taken to Store Street Garda station to be charged, the teen “calmed down” and became apologetic, Judge John O'Connor was told.

The teenager already has eight prior criminal convictions for assault, drug dealing, theft, possessing knives and other articles as weapons and trespassing with intent to commit an offence.

The juvenile court heard that he had been given 75 hours' community service in lieu of a four month sentence last month for a theft. In 2012, he was also placed on supervised probation for his other offences.

Defence counsel Aoife McNickle asked the judge to note that the breach of the peace took place on the teen's birthday and that he was apologetic.

The court heard that the boy has been working with the Probation Service to address his offending and had done almost half of the community service work ordered earlier this year.

Judge O'Connor said the boy's apology was important and remanded the teenager, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, on bail to appear again in September when a probation report is to be furnished to the court.

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