Wednesday 21 March 2018

Young men remanded over mugging of pregnant woman

Tom Tuite

GARDAÍ have been allowed more time to get directions from the DPP in the case of two youths accused of violently mugging a heavily pregnant woman in Dublin.

The woman was seven months pregnant, and near her home at Collins Park in north Dublin, when the alleged robbery took place, on January 21 last.

The boys, aged 16 and 17, who cannot be named because they are juveniles, were later charged with robbery at the Dublin Children's Court.

The pair had been granted bail and at their latest hearing in the city's juvenile court Judge John O'Connor heard that gardaí needed more time to get directions from the DPP.

These will help decide whether the case should stay in the juvenile court or go to the Circuit Court which has tougher sentencing powers.

Judge O'Connor remanded the pair, who were accompanied to court by parents, on continuing bail. Their next hearing will take place on April 15.

The court has already heard that it is alleged the woman had been approached from behind while she was talking on her mobile phone. Garda James Nugent had said she was “knocked to the ground and a struggle ensued” and there was an attempt to take her handbag before her phone was taken.

She suffered “soreness to her back and grazing on her hands and face.”

The two boys have been ordered to obey curfews, sign-on daily at their local garda stations, not contact each other, and not contact the woman directly or indirectly.

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