Sunday 19 November 2017

Teen with mental health problems given probation

Tom Tuite

A YOUTH suffering from mental health problems has been placed on supervised probation for 12 months after he admitted taking part in a random attack in Dublin last year.

The 17-year-old had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to a male, at Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4, on February 26, 2011.

The Dublin Children's Court heard that it was a random attack during which the victim received a “thump” and sustained a cut to his lip which could result in scarring.

Defence solicitor Adrian Lennon told Judge Conal Gibbons that a psychiatric report on the teenager stated he needed to get a place in an appropriate vocational training course.

The report also stated that the boy, who became overwhelmed during his hearing and had to brought out for fresh air for a few minutes, was a “brittle young man”.

The teenager had no previous criminal convictions, had expressed remorse and had written a letter of apology to the victim, the judge was told.

A probation report on the boy also stated that mental health services needed to put a plan in place to help him.

Judge Gibbons said the offence was very serious however he noted that the boy had “significant mental health difficulties”. It was the duty of the court to ensure the boy gets the assistance he needs, he added.

Judge Gibbons urged the boy to “try and deal with these issues” and sentenced him to 12 months' supervised probation with conditions that he accept assistance in addressing his problems.

The teenager said he had been attending counselling and would continued to do so and thanked the judge when the case was finalised.

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