Monday 18 December 2017

Teenager to face trial after masked gang attacked revellers

Tom Tuite

A DUBLIN youth is to face trial after a masked gang allegedly armed with sharpened poles gate-crashed a birthday party and attacked revellers.

The teenager has been charged at the Children's Court with engaging in a violent disorder with two others in connection with an incident, in Harold's Cross in Dublin, in November last year.

The court heard that it would be alleged that there had been a garden party for a young woman celebrating her 18th birthday. Three people are alleged to have broken in through a side door armed with sharpened poles.

The woman suffered bruising and one of her guests sustained a chipped tooth. It has been held that the then 17-year-old defendant's case is too serious to be dealt with in the juvenile court and should be heard in the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

He was remanded on continuing bail to appear again in two weeks when he is to be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

Two other youths are due to appear in court later this month charged in connection with the same incident.

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