Saturday 18 November 2017

Teenager admits punching Garda trying to arrest burglary suspect

Tom Tuite

A YOUTH will be sentenced later this month for punching a garda detective who had been trying to arrest a burglary suspect.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty today to attacking the officer in Ringsend, Dublin, and criminal damage to a garda car, on June 5 last year.

Detective Sergeant Barry Walsh said the officer had been investigating a burglary at a national school in south Dublin during which a laptop computer was taken. He went to a house and found the man and a number of youths, including the boy.

Dublin Children's Court heard that the teenager became “highly abusive” towards the detective who arrested the burglary suspect. At that point the boy “struck him under his right eye” and then kicked a dent into the side of a garda car.

Judge Ann Ryan also heard that the boy, who has seven prior criminal convictions, had admitted possessing a screwdriver for use in an attempt to break into two cars, at Tritonville Road, in Sandymount, in south Dublin, on September 4 last.

Almost €1,500 worth of damages were caused to the cars by other men who had been with the teen, and they have each been ordered to pay €400 in compensation to the owners.

Defence solicitor Maureen Moynihan told Judge Ryan that the boy has been taking part in a training course and attending a psychologist.

Judge Ryan heard that the teenager had broken a curfew condition set down by the court and an order banning him from associating with a man. Most recently he was seen with the man at the weekend while he was in breach of the curfew.

Judge Ryan told the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, that she would have remanded him in custody if that had been sought by gardai.

The boy told the court he wanted to get a place on another training course saying “I would rather that that hanging around getting into trouble.”

The teen, whose previous offences include criminal damage and public order charges, was remanded to appear again on May 31 and told that he had to address the issue of compensation.

He was warned that he was getting a chance and if he did not take it he would go into custody.

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