Wednesday 17 January 2018

Teen boys charged with campus attack on student

Tom Tuite

TWO teenage boys have been charged over an unprovoked gang attack on a Dublin City University student.

The boys, aged 16 and 17, have been charged with assault causing harm and violent disorder, at the DCU campus, in the city's north-side, on February 25 last.

Garda Barry Duggan told Judge Ann Ryan at the Dublin Children's Court that it was alleged a male had been walking through the campus with his girlfriend when he was attacked by four people.

“It was an unprovoked attack, and he was punched and kicked,” Gda Duggan said adding that the victim suffered head injuries including broken teeth.

The two boys, who were accompanied to their case by their mothers, have not yet indicated how they will plead to the charges. They were granted legal aid and remanded on bail to appear again next month for a hearing to determine their trial venue – whether it should be in the juvenile court or go to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

Both are in school and have been ordered as a condition of bail not to associate with each other and two more people.

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