A TEENAGER who attacked and robbed a passenger on a Red Line Luas tram has claimed he was high on drink and drugs at the time of the incident.
Anthony Dwyer (18) grabbed the man's laptop bag, and during the struggle the victim was assaulted and left with cuts and scrapes to his face and body.
The defendant apologised for his behaviour, saying he didn't really remember the incident.
A judge said Dwyer had an "appalling record" for a young man and sentenced him to six months in prison.
His solicitor, Matthew Kenny, said Dwyer had been homeless and an orphan since his parents died when he was 15 years old.
Mr Kenny said an aftercare plan needed to be drawn up by the HSE to ensure that the necessary supports were in place when Dwyer finished his jail sentence.
The defendant, with an address at Eden Quay, Dublin 1, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to robbing a man on the Luas.
He also admitted to assaulting the man in the incident at Naas Road, Clondalkin on April 5 last year.
Sergeant Damien Galligan said gardai were called to the Luas stop on the Naas Road after two males had robbed a passenger.
Sgt Galligan said the victim gave gardai a detailed description of the defendant, and Dwyer was also identified on CCTV. He was later arrested by gardai and admitted his part in the robbery.
The sergeant said that Dwyer took the victim's laptop, bag and assorted computer equipment valued at €2,000.
The property was not recovered.
The court heard that Dwyer assaulted the victim during the tussle for the computer bag, and he was left with superficial scrapes to the body. He has fully recovered.
Sgt Galligan said Dwyer has 24 previous convictions, mostly for criminal damage and theft matters, and is currently serving a sentence in St Patrick's Institution.
Mr Kenny said Dwyer had been homeless since he was 15 years and in care of the HSE since he was 16 years following the death of his parents.
He said the defendant was clean of all drugs, providing clean urine samples and studying for his Junior Certificate.
Judge David McHugh said Dwyer was a "serial recidivist" at a young age and had an appalling record for a teenager. The judge sentenced him to six months in prison.