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Teenager jailed for mugging a roller blader

A TEENAGER who was the ringleader of the violent robbery on a passer by has been jailed for eight months.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named because he is a juvenile, pleaded guilty to robbery of €600 at Herberton walk, Dublin city on October 31, 2011.

Garda Colm Reynolds told Karen O’Connor BL, prosecuting, that the victim, Sicero Da Silva, was roller blading past a group of four teenagers when he tripped and fell.

The youths started “slagging” Mr Da Silva and the accused came up to him and grabbed him in a headlock.

The victim said this man was ordering the others to attack and rob him and to kick him in the face while he was on the ground.

They went through his pockets and founds €600 in cash which Da Silva had just withdrawn from the bank for his rent.

Judge Martin Nolan said the youth had shown genuine remorse for his actions but that he still didn’t seem to understand that he shouldn’t attack people.

He noted that a probation report said there was a high risk of the youth reoffending. The teenager has five previous convictions, including one for assault causing harm.

The judge said: “My principal concern in sentencing him is for his reform and rehabilitation and prison should be the last resort. But I ‘m not sure he gets it that he shouldn’t actually attack people.”

He imposed a three year period of detention but suspended the last two years. He backdated the sentence by four months because the youth has already spent four months in detention.