Tuesday 22 May 2018

Teen left boy with brain bleed in robbery of just €1

Criminal Courts of Justice
Criminal Courts of Justice

Sonya McLean

A teenager who left a schoolboy with life-threatening injuries, including a bleed on the brain, after taking €1 from him has been jailed.

A teenager who left a schoolboy with life-threatening injuries, including a bleed on the brain, after taking €1 from him has been jailed.

Sean Rausch (18) was also sentenced for seven other offences including muggings, attempted robberies and numerous driving offences arising out of a high-speed garda chase.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard he drove the stolen car on three wheels while leading eight patrol cars and a garda helicopter on the chase.

He was unlawfully at large at the time, having previously been arrested for his part in the mugging and attempted mugging of two groups of schoolboys.

The serious assault on another schoolboy occurred the same day as the robberies.

The 17-year-old victim of the attack was left with life-threatening injuries from a brain bleed after he fell to the ground following a thump to his face and a subsequent kick to his head. He also had a fractured jaw, broken eye socket, a number of broken teeth and lost skin from his chin.

The assault, which was carried out by both Rausch and another teenager, occurred a month before the victim’s Leaving Certificate, but he managed to sit his exams with assistance. His jaw was wired shut for eight weeks and he still doesn’t have the full use of his mouth.

Rausch, of Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two attempted robberies in Old Bawn, Tallaght, on April 22, 2015; two robberies at The Square Shopping Centre, Tallaght, on April 29, 2015; taking possession of a Hyundai Santa Fe knowing it was stolen; handling stolen car keys; endangerment and dangerous driving in the Tallaght area on May 26, 2015.

He also pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm to the schoolboy, on the same day of the robberies, in the Old Bawn area of Tallaght.

He initially denied this charge and elected for trial.

He has 42 previous convictions, which were all dealt with in the District Court, and include 14 for robbery, burglary, sexual assault and assault.

Judge Melanie Greally had previously sentenced Rausch to two-and-half-years for the robberies.

Yesterday she sentenced him to a consecutive term of three years on an endangerment charge arising out of the car chase, increasing the term to five-and-half-years.

She also sentenced him to five years for the assault, which will run alongside the other term. Judge Greally suspended the final 12 months of the jail term on strict conditions

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