Monday 9 December 2019

Teen who butted mother 'wants to play for Manchester United'

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Shaun Smith

A teenager who headbutted his mother wants to play for Manchester United, Tallaght Court heard yesterday.

The 16-year-old had previously denied the assault but reversed his plea on the day of the hearing.

In court, judge Patricia McNamara asked the talented soccer player which team he would like to play for.

"In Ireland, Shamrock Rovers. Outside Ireland, Man United," he replied.

The defendant, of Rathfarnham, pleaded guilty to assaulting his mother at his home on May 5, 2017.

He was accompanied in court by his mother.

Judge McNamara told the teenager: "You have such a nice smile, so it is hard to believe when I hear such things about you."

Garda John Dalton told the court that on the day of the assault, the teenager's mother reported the incident.

He said that at noon, the boy was in her home and was being verbally abusive to her.

Gda Dalton said the mother put her hand on her son and asked him to stop the abuse.

The teenager then attempted to headbutt the woman a number of times and grazed her head. Gda Dalton said the youth made contact with his mother once.

He said the mother had moved her head so she would not receive the full impact of the butts. She had received some scratches.

Sergeant Michael Ahern said the teenager had been placed on a six-month probation bond last week for a similar assault on his mother.

The defendant's lawyer, Michael Hennessy, told the court his client was a talented soccer player and added that he would like to see him playing rugby.

He said the boy's mother is currently preparing a victim impact statement.

Judge McNamara adjourned the case for three weeks to hear the victim impact statement and for a plea in mitigation.

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