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Teenager mugged man for lighter

A 16-year-old boy has been ordered to take part in a crime diversion programme for mugging a man for his cigarette lighter.

The boy pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to robbery of the man at Ormond Quay, in Dublin city centre, on March 30.

His case had been adjourned until yesterday for a probation report, which found he was suitable for the programme.

The teenager agreed to take part in an "action plan" supervised by his probation officer, which includes writing a letter of apology to his victim, being involved in sports, voluntary work and a charity donation.


He was remanded on bail to appear again next March. His case will be struck out if he completes all the tasks assigned to him.

The court had heard that the then 15-year-boy had gone out of control and had been with two other people who had approached the victim whose "life was threatened".

Garda Sinead Doyle had said an accomplice punched the man in the face as the boy "held him and took his property".

The boy took a Zippo cigarette lighter from the victim who suffered a minor injury to his eye, the court had heard.