Saturday 18 November 2017

Teenager father spared custodial sentence for part in Crumlin riot

Tom Tuite

A YOUTH has been spared a custodial sentence after he was found guilty of taking part in a riot where gardai were injured when they were bombarded with bricks and rocks in a Dublin suburb.

The teenage father-of-one had pleaded not guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to violent disorder and breach of the peace charges but was found guilty following a hearing last year.

The court heard that on September 19 2010, 30 gardai were attacked by about 15 rioters in a housing estate in Crumlin, and two officers were hospitalised after they were hit with missiles.

The violence broke out after gardai tried to arrest a man in the area, the court heard.

Gda Sergeant Derek Fleming had said he and his colleagues “were rained on by missiles, rocks, bottles, bricks”.

Gardai at the scene had to take cover and call for emergency assistance, in what Gda Sgt Fleming described as “the most seriously violent incident I have had to deal with in Crumlin in the four years I have been there”.

Gda Cian Stears had told the court that he saw the youth, then aged 16, throwing a missile at gardai. He said the teen and other rioters ran into a house and were followed by gardai.

One female officer had a door slammed against her and she became trapped in the frame, Gda Stears had alleged. “They were attacking and punching her,” he also said.

He said the teenager had been also at the doorway at that time and when gardai gained entry, the youth fled to the kitchen in the house.

The youth, now aged 18, had rejected claims that he had been involved in the violence outside. He said he had been using the toilet in the house when gardai came in the house and pulled him out.

However, he had been found guilty and was remanded for a probation report to be prepared.

Today Judge Clare Leonard noted that the teenager, who recently became a father, had not come to garda attention in recent months. She imposed a six-month probation bond on the teen, who had no previous criminal convictions.

As part of the supervision order the youth was told he must to go to meetings with his probation officer, disassociate for negative peer groups and continue to be involved in educational or training courses.

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