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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Teen to avoid jail for attack on youth by paying €200 to charity

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGER, who repeatedly punched and kicked a youth to his head during an unprovoked attack, will be spared a criminal record and a custodial sentence if he gives €200 to charity.

The 17-year-old, who lives in accommodation provided by the HSE, had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to assault causing harm to the youth, in north Dublin, on July 1 last year.

His case had been adjourned for a probation report to be furnished. Judge Michael Walsh heard that the victim was not interested in getting involved in the Probation Service's work with his teen attacker, who has also been getting assistance from social services.

Defence counsel Aoife McNickle said the teenager had written a letter of apology to be sent to the victim and the pre-sentence report furnished the court was very positive. Ms McNickle BL also told the court that the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by social service workers, wanted to pay compensation or donate money to the hospital which treated the youth.

Judge Walsh also noted that the boy was not in school at the time of the attack but has since returned to education. He held that if the teen, who gets €40 pocket money a week, pays €200 to Temple Street Children's Hospital, he will get the Probation Act. The case was adjourned for six months.

The court had earlier been told that the attack was an isolated incident; the boy had a “vulnerable background” and is now getting help.

During the attack, the boy had to be “pulled off” his victim. He apologised to the youth through the Facebook website, the court has also heard.

Santry Garda John Twyford had said the teenager approached the youth and “struck him three times” because he had mistakenly thought he had “slagged off” a friend.

The boy had told the victim to “get out of there” but then pursued him, knocked him to the ground and hit him four times until “he was pulled off by passers-by”.

Gda Twyford had also said the youth was kneed in the face and was kicked to the head by the boy after he was knocked on to the ground.

The youth already had already been getting orthodontic treatment which was disrupted as a result of the injuries he sustained in the attack, however, he has recovered.

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