AN ALLEGED teenage mugger targeted schoolchildren in Blackrock, south Dublin, for their lunch money so he could buy drugs, a court was told yesterday.
The 17-year-old faces robbery charges at the Dublin Children's Court which yesterday heard an outline of the allegations made against him.
Garda Brian McCabe told Judge Clare Leonard that on September 27 last year, a schoolboy had been making his way through Blackrock Park when the accused allegedly asked him for his money, saying: "I need to buy weed."
The boy told the youth he needed his money to buy dinner. The defendant was then joined by four other youths and told the boy "give it now or this lad will knock you out".
The boy's wallet containing €9 was then taken.
The court heard that on the same date the youth and his accomplices approached three other children from Blackrock College. One was asked to hand over his mobile phone and the other victims were "ordered to empty their pockets".
A threat was made to one boy "that his jaw would be broken", Judge Leonard was told.
Judge Leonard said the case was not a minor matter fit to be tried in the juvenile court.
She remanded the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his father, on bail to appear again in November for a hearing to determine the venue for his trial.
He has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charges.