Tuesday 22 May 2018

Teen arrested for 'repeatedly punching and kicking a prison officer in the head'

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Tom Tuite

A judge has ordered the arrest of a Dublin youth who repeatedly punched and kicked a prison officer in the head.

Dublin Children’s Court heard the prison officer received a beating when he tried to break up a fight between two young offenders at Wheatfield Prison on June 5 last year.

Judge John O’Connor issued a bench warrant for the teen’s arrest after he failed to turn up to court to face sentencing.

The youth had pleaded guilty earlier to the charge and had been on bail.

The court heard he had 39 prior criminal convictions mostly for driving offences as well as two assaults and some theft and public order offences.

Previously Judge O’Connor was furnished with a victim impact statement and he had adjourned sentencing the youth to allow for a probation report on him to be prepared.

In evidence, Garda Kevin Mullally had told the court the 17-year-old boy and another youth’s cell was unlocked and when they came came out they started fighting.

The prison officer intervened to separate them and had his back to the boy who struck him three times to the head, Gda Mullally said.

The officer fell to the ground and received a kick to the head from the accused who is now aged 18.

A medical report on his injuries was furnished to the court earlier.

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