THE case of a youth accused of sexually assaulting a woman after she asked him for directions has been adjourned pending efforts to arrange a psychiatric assessment of him.
The now 18-year-old has been charged at the Children's Court with sexual assault, under section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) Act 1990, of the woman -- who suffers from multiple sclerosis -- in south Dublin last March.
He is also accused of theft of a €50 note, a sim card, and €10 in coins, from her on the same date and was refused bail last week due to the seriousness of the allegations.
Further charges were brought against the teenager for assaultcausing harm, robbery and false imprisonment of a male, at Seapoint beach, Blackrock, Co Dublin, on May 16 last year.
He also faces a connected charge for possessing a knife as a weapon. He was a juvenile at the time of both alleged incidents.
The defence has made submissions under Section 75 of the 2001 Children Act pleading for the case to be kept in the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and not sent forward to the Circuit Court which, on conviction, has wider sentencing powers. The youth, who was accompanied to his case by his father, was further remanded in custody by Judge Ann Ryan for another week pending efforts to organise a psychiatric assessment of him.