Teenager given three years detention for attempted robbery
A TEENAGER has been given three years detention for an attempted robbery of a woman.
Eoin Brennan (19), who was arrested when gardai came upon the struggle between the two, was adamant during garda interview that the injured party had been a man.
Brennan, of Graigue Court, Poppintree, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempted robbery of the woman on Ballymun Road on January 22, 2011.
Brennan had one previous conviction at the time of this offence, but has since accrued a further 26 convictions in the District Court for public order offences, possession of knives, criminal damage, road traffic offences and theft.
Judge Margaret Heneghan said there seemed to be a lack of genuine remorse and she noted the effect the crime had on the woman. She imposed three years detention.
Garda Paul Butler told Damien Colgan BL, prosecuting, the victim was walking along the road when one man from a group of three shouted out to her asking for a cigarette.
Two of the men crossed over and she gave them a cigarette.
Brennan demanded her wallet but she said she did not have one.
He asked for her phone and a blade was produced.
Gardai on patrol came across the struggle between the two.
They noticed Brennan follow the woman into the road and grab her by her hood.
Brennan had a hold of her jacket and was swinging her around.
He had a tight grip of the woman and was trying to get her into a head lock
When he saw gardai Brennan began to flee from the scene but was caught and arrested.
He was abusive, slurring his words and kicking out while gardai restrained him.
He told gardai he had been asking for a bottle of Lucazade.
During interview Brennan disputed the woman’s version of events and was adamant that the injured party was a man.
John Fitzgerald BL, defending, said Brennan’s parents had split up when he was young and there had been issues with supervision and support at home.
He left school after his Junior Certificate and had spent a number of years leading an “unstructured existence.”
Mr Fitzgerald said Brennan had a problem with alcohol and was using “snow blow” from head shops at the time.
He is now attending AA meetings and no longer uses “snow blow.”
He said Brennan wished to apologise and asked the court to consider he was still a young man.