Sunday 25 February 2018

Trial delayed of youth charged with assault of teen footballer

TOM TUITE

MEDICAL reports have delayed the trial of a Dublin youth accused of attacking and injuring another teenage football player after a match.

The 17-year-old has been charged at the Children's Court with assault causing harm to a boy, in his mid-teens, who needed his jaw re-wired after he was allegedly attacked at a south Dublin football pitch, in May last year.

Judge Michael Walsh today was told that gardai have yet to obtain a medical report which will also have to be furnished to the youth's lawyers. Judge Walsh adjourned the case for six weeks.

The teenager, who was accompanied to his hearing by his parents, was remanded on continuing bail.

A preliminary hearing to determine the venue for his trial has yet to take place. The defence are to make submissions pleading for the case to be kept in the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and not sent forward to the Circuit Court, which on conviction has wider sentencing powers.

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