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Masked raiders wreck girl's 18th birthday party, court told

A GARDEN party for a young woman celebrating her 18th birthday descended into chaos when masked raiders broke in to attack her and her guests, a court heard.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with violent disorder in connection with the incident at the woman's south Dublin home in November last year.

Yesterday, he appeared at the Dublin Children's Court for a hearing to determine his trial venue.

The DPP had recommended that the case should go forward to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

In an outline of the allegations, Detective Garda Gabriel Duffy told Judge Michael Walsh that a marquee had been set up in the garden of the young woman's house and about 40 guests were there to celebrate her birthday.

He said it would be alleged that the rear gates to the house were smashed and between three and eight intruders entered "with their identities concealed by hats, scarves and dark glasses armed with hurleys and attacked people in the marquee".

He said they were swinging indiscriminately and eight people sustained injuries.


The young woman had to be rushed to hospital with bruising to her arm. She later had symptoms including tingling in her hand but a report showed that no medical complications are expected.

Her brother has been referred to a plastic surgeon as a result of being left with an irregular lip outline.

Defence solicitor John Quinn said it was not alleged his client had been using a hurley or harmed anyone.

He said the teen was accused of dragging and pushing people and punching a male who was not injured.

Judge Walsh remanded the boy on bail to appear again in three weeks. Two others have been charged over the incident.