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Drugs man who tied up and tortured teen jailed

A man has been jailed for six years after he tied a 14-year-old boy to a radiator, threw boiling water down his trousers and removed skin from his knees, knuckles and fingertips with a cheese grater.

Alan Ellis (21) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to false imprisonment and assault causing harm to the teenager on March 12, 2012.

Ellis, of Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, took the boy into a flat and said he wanted to show him how to tie a particular knot. He then used a hoover flex to tie the victim to the radiator before torturing him.

Ellis has since been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Judge Desmond Hogan sentenced him to a total of nine years with three suspended for this and other offences including assault and burglary.



Judge Hogan said Ellis has "a propensity to do very violent things" and seems to be getting worse. However he said that it is his drug-taking that leads him to commit crime, not his mental problems.

Gda Eddie Fallon told Cormac Quinn BL, prosecuting, that Ellis was convinced the teenager had found a stash of drugs.

Ellis started shouting at him that he owed him "€3,000 for pills", even though Gda Fallon said there was no evidence that the teenager had found any drugs or owed Ellis money.

The teenager escaped after he told Ellis his father had some money and if he released him he would go and get it.

The boy did not return and gardai were alerted, but before officers arrived at the flat, Ellis was attacked at his home and taken to James's Hospital.

A victim impact report said the now 16-year-old boy had burns to his genitals and thighs.

Ellis was also sentenced for two charges of burglary of his neighbour's homes and stealing a Porsche at Knocklyon on October 6, 2011. He pleaded guilty to these offences.

He further pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to a staff member at an Esso service station in Mount Merrion Road in February last year.

He has 26 previous convictions for road traffic offences, burglary, criminal damage and theft.

Dr Tom Moran told Tom Neville BL, defending, that he first treated Ellis when he was referred to him as 13-year-old because he exhibited symptoms of Tourette's syndrome.

The doctor said Ellis later displayed symptoms of paranoid thinking, elated mood and racing thoughts.



He said he knew Ellis was going to be vulnerable to drug addiction because of his condition.

Mr Neville told Judge Hogan that following an incident while on remand in prison, he decided that Ellis should be assessed by the Central Mental Hospital.

He was admitted there for two months and later released when Dr Paul O'Connell diagnosed him as being paranoid schizophrenic.

Ellis's mother's, Christina, told Judge Hogan that she had to move her younger children out of the family home because they were frightened by Ellis's violence.

Judge Hogan ordered that Ellis keep the peace and be of good behaviour for five years on his release from custody.

He also instructed that he be given psychiatric help in prison, that he undergo a drug treatment course, and comply with all requirements made of him.