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Teen admits role in gang raid at garden party

A TEENAGE boy is to be sentenced in January after he got involved with a gang of masked raiders who smashed their way into a garden party and attacked a young woman celebrating her birthday as well as some of her guests.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty today to a charge of violent disorder in connection with the incident at the woman's south Dublin family home in November last year.

The Dublin Children's Court heard that chaos broke out when up to eight masked raiders – some armed with hurleys –smashed their way in as a young woman was hosting a garden party to celebrate her 18th birthday.

Detective Garda Gabriel Duffy told Judge Ann Ryan that a marquee had been set up in the garden of the young woman's house and about 40 guests were present.

The rear gates to the house were smashed and between five and eight intruders entered “with their identities concealed by hats, scarves and dark glasses” and they then attacked people in the marquee.

He said some had hurleys and were swinging indiscriminately at the party goers. The young woman suffered bruising to her arm. Her brother was also set on and suffered a chipped tooth.

Det-Gda Duffy agreed that the youth was not among the first group of raiders, but added that the teen arrived on the scene “within seconds” and punched one of the party goers.

He also said the teenager was aware there was going to be an incident at the party and that the young woman and her family were left traumatised and are still extremely upset.

Defence solicitor John Quinn asked the court to note that the boy was not one of the armed raiders but was accepting responsibility for becoming involved, and is remorseful.

He said the boy had been pushing and dragging out of people and punched one person in the face but he did not cause any injuries.

Judge Ryan heard that the boy's family are taking the case very seriously. The teenager, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, is in full time education and has no prior criminal convictions.

Judge Ryan adjourned sentencing the boy, who is on bail, until a date in January when a probation report on him is to be furnished to the court.