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The boys were allegedly held up with a knife like this one

The boys were allegedly held up with a knife like this one

The boys were allegedly held up with a knife like this one

A YOUTH, who brandished a Stanley blade at two young schoolboys during a mugging on the Dodder Walkway in Dublin is to take part in a crime-diversion plan.

The Dublin Children's Court heard that the sixth-class primary school pupils were held up at knife-point by two people at the Dodder Walkway, in Irishtown, Dublin 4, on July 19.

A 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty to robbery of one of the boys, who had his phone worth €150 stolen.

The youth, who had no prior criminal convictions, also pleaded guilty to a connected charge for producing the blade.

The city's juvenile court heard that the two young boys had been approached by two people who both produced Stanley blades.

The first-time offender's father has given evidence stating it was his belief his son may have been intoxicated.

Judge John O'Connor also heard that the youth, who is taking part in an educational course, intends to get involved in sports again and is remorseful.

The teen was remanded on continuing bail to appear again on January 14 when a restorative justice action plan will be furnished to the court by the Probation Service.

It will set out a range of activities the offender must complete and which could lead to his case being struck out, sparing him a sentence and a criminal record.

The court has also heard he has paid compensation over the theft.

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