A MAN had his head stomped on eight times after he witnessed a row in Dublin city centre, a court has heard.
Scott Cunningham (18), from Kilbarron Park, Coolock, Dublin, is charged with assault causing harm to the man aged in his twenties at Westmoreland Street on September 8 last.
The youth claims he acted in self-defence, Dublin Children’s Court heard.
He was a juvenile at the time of the alleged attack.
Judge Denis McLoughlin held the youth should be tried in the circuit court, which
has tougher sentencing powers
The teen was ordered to appear again at the Children’s Court on January 23 to be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.
In an outline of the prosecution case, Garda Frank Johnson told Judge McLoughlin it was alleged the youth “and a number of others” were on O’Connell Street where they became involved in row.
The man observed it and was told to go away and was punched. At Westmoreland Street he was hit again, knocked to the ground and it was alleged the defendant “was observed stomping on his head eight times”.
The man was hospitalised.
The defence pleaded for the case to be retained in the juvenile court but the DPP had recommended the youth’s case should be sent to the higher court.
The defence said his client had problems such as a lack of education and training.
He also pointed out that the Children’s Court has a wide range of sentencing options and retaining jurisdiction does not lessen the seriousness of the case.
He said it would also lead to a speedier trial. The defence also asked the judge to note that the complainant did not suffer any long-term injuries, however Judge McLoughlin refused jurisdiction.
The youth is the second person to be charged over the assault.