Tuesday 12 December 2017

Teen sentenced over revenge knife attack

A youth brandishing a knife in the street
A youth brandishing a knife in the street

Tom Tuite

A 16-year-old Dublin boy has been detained for five months for a knife attack on a man he claims attacked him previously.

The boy pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and production of a knife in connection with the incident in Coolock in the city's north-side on December 1 last. A probation report was obtained and furnished to Judge John O'Connor.

Finalising the case at Dublin Children's Court, Judge O'Connor imposed a 10-month detention-supervision order. The 16-year-old boy will serve a five-month sentence in a juvenile detention followed by a five-month period during which he will be allowed home on supervised probation.

He had been given a chance to avoid custody. At a previous hearing he had been asked to continue to engage with the Probation Service and to attend a training course as well as an addiction counselling service.

The court heard the victim suffered a broken nose, was cut on his shoulder and required stitches. However, he did not want to provide a victim impact statement.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his father and his solicitor, claimed that on a date prior to the incident he had been attacked by the victim.

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