| 12.1°C Dublin

Teenager appeals over knife sentence

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy, who was detained for four months after he was caught carrying a knife and following women in Dublin city centre, is to appeal his sentence.

The boy, who has 35 previous convictions, had his appeal papers lodged by his solicitor yesterday at the Dublin Children's Court, which imposed the custodial sentence on him last month.

During his hearing earlier, the court had been told the boy, then aged 14, had been at large from custody when he was noticed carrying a blade in the early hours of February 18 last at Oriel Street.

The teenager, who has been repeatedly appearing at the Children's Court since he turned 12, had pleaded guilty to possessing the knife as an offensive weapon.


Det Garda Peter Nestor had told the court a man who ran a youth club in north inner city Dublin spotted the boy at 2am and "kept an eye on him".

He noticed the teenager was "following ladies" and "thought he might try to rob them".

The youth club manager grabbed the boy's arm and did not let go until the teen handed over the blade he had been trying to hide by covering it with is sleeve.

The boy fled but was arrested nearby and brought back to Oberstown Boys Centre, a juvenile detention facility from which he had escaped.

His 35 prior criminal convictions included assault causing harm, robbery, trespassing, burglary and having a knife as a weapon.