A 16-year-old boy, who held a man while an accomplice attacked him in a bid to steal a cigarette lighter, has been given a last chance to avoid having a criminal record.
The boy had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to robbery at Ormond Quay, in Dublin city centre, on March 30.
Yesterday the case resumed and Judge Ann Ryan gave the teenager a final chance to engage with the Probation Service to see if he would be suitable to take part in a youth crime diversion programme. Judge Ryan adjourned the case until September.
The court has heard that the then 15-year-boy had gone out of control. He had been with two other people who had approached the victim, whose "life was threatened".
Garda Sinead Doyle had said an accomplice punched the man in the face as the boy "held him and took his property".
The boy took a Zippo cigarette lighter from the victim who suffered an eye injury.