Thursday 14 December 2017

Youth who attacked shop worker spared jail

Tom Tuite

A DUBLIN youth, who was found guilty of punching a shop worker, has been sentenced to nine months' supervised probation.

The 17-year-old boy had been convicted at the Children's Court of assault causing harm to the shop employee at Centra, on Charlemont Street, Dublin, on January 16 last.

The court had heard that the teen and other youths had been put out of the shop.

“After being asked to leave, he punched a staff member in the face and ran out,” the court was told.

The shop worker, who suffered pain and bruising, made a full recovery but incurred €310 worth of medical expenses as result of the attack. The teenager had complied with an order to compensate him.

Judge Ann Ryan heard that the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his father, is taking part in a training course and has not come to further garda attention.

Judge Ryan said the teen seemed to be going in “the right direction” and spared him a custodial sentence.

She imposed a nine-month probation bond. The youth was ordered to engage in restorative justice activities organised by the Probation Service to teach him the impact an offence has on other people. He must also continue to attend a training course and address his offending.

The case could be brought back to court and he could face detention if he breaks the terms of the order or re-offends over the next nine months.

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