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Girl (16) punched garda in the face

A TEENAGE girl, who has been in care since she was aged one, has pleaded guilty to attacking two gardai following a drinking binge.

The Dublin teen (16) pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to two counts of assaulting gardai on a date last April.

Garda Maire Cahalan of Ballymun station told Judge Bryan Smyth yesterday that she had been dealing with a group of youths including the accused who was drunk.

"She became aggressive and struck out at me, punched me in the face, kicked and punched me," she said. Garda Cahalan said the girl called her "a f***ing whore and prostitute" and was then arrested.

However, she continued to act aggressively and another garda was kicked in her groin and to her legs.



ADDICTION

Defence solicitor Aoife Corridon said that her client, "had a large amount of alcohol taken" and "does not remember it in its entirety."

She asked the court to note that the teen, who was accompanied to her case by her social worker and youth workers from a care unit where she now resides, had not offended since.

Ms Corridon said the girl's mother had a heroin addiction problem and at the age of one the defendant had been taken into care. Since then she had been "in a variety of placements and homeless".

Ms Corridon said the teen, who has two prior convictions for assault, had a "sporadic education" but had recently started an educational course. She has twice gone missing in recent months, the court heard.

Judge Smyth deferred sentencing the girl, who is on bail, for four weeks for an updated probation report on her to be furnished to the court.

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