Sunday 19 November 2017

Youth gets six months for attack on security guard

Tom Tuite

A DUBLIN youth, who admitted using a screwdriver as a weapon during an attack on a security guard, has been given a six-month sentence.

Dublin Children's Court heard today that the part-time security guard had believed he had been cut on the side of his head with a syringe. As a result he underwent testing for HIV and he also received Hepatitis B vaccinations.

Judge John O'Connor said  that he accepted that the man believed he had been cut with a syringe. However, there was not enough evidence to prove that a syringe had been used in the attack.

James Richardson, aged 18, from William Place South, Dublin 8, had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the man at the South Circular Road, on January 8 last.

Yesterday (THUR) he told the court that he did not use a syringe in the attack and was adamant that it was a “mini screwdriver”.

The teen claimed that the incident had “got out of hand” and his lawyer said he was apologetic and wanted to write a letter of apology to the victim.

The court heard that the security man had come out of a shop after the teen had taken a trolley. He was surrounded and the teen spat at him and struck him with what felt like a syringe.

He said it happened very quickly and he was left bleeding. The court also heard that he suffered a one-centimetre cut to the side of his head.

He worked part-time as a security guard and the next day he failed two college exams.

The court heard that the youth, who was aged 17 at the time of the attack, but has since reached adulthood, was remorseful.

Judge O'Connor also heard that a doctor who had treated the man could not say for certain what implement had caused the injury, no weapon was recovered at the scene and the youth claimed he later discarded the screwdriver.

The court heard that the teen, a father-of-one of one, had no prior criminal convictions. He had admitted that he had abused drugs in the past but they had been tablets and he said that he had never used heroin nor had a syringe in his possession.

Judge O'Connor said that it was an unprovoked attack which put the victim through a lot of trauma.

He imposed a six-month sentence on the youth, who was accompanied to his hearing by his parents. The court set bail in the sum of €300 if he intends to appeal the severity of the sentence.

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