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Teenager in knife threat to boy (12)

A teenager who threatened a young boy with a knife after the child told his family that he had seen him damage his brother's car a few days previously has been ordered to do community service.

David Kennedy (19) went into his granny's house to get the knife and showed it to the 12-year-old. He had claimed that he didn't intend to upset the boy, and his behaviour was more an act of "stupidity" and "bravado".

He also said he was very distressed at the time as he'd found out that his granny, to whom he was very close, was dying.


The matter was before Tallaght District Court to see if Kennedy was suitable for community service. Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said the probation report was positive.

Judge James McDonnell ordered Kennedy to complete 220 hours community service in lieu of three months detention.

The defendant, of Rathminton Close, Tallaght, had previously admitted to possession of a knife in a southside estate on March 22 last.

Garda Brendan Mynes had said Kennedy took a small penknife out of his pocket and showed it to the boy. He told his parents, who reported the incident to gardai.