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Let-off for boy who hit refugee

A YOUTH who took part in an unprovoked attack on a Somalian refugee has been spared a custodial sentence and a criminal conviction.

The teenager had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to assault at a shop in Sackville Court, in north inner city Dublin, on December 26, 2008.

The first-time offender, who is now 18, had written an apology to the victim.

Judge Ann Ryan also noted yesterday that there was a positive probation report on the teenager, who has completed the six-month action plan of activities.

She agreed to dismiss the charge under Section 84 of the Children Act, leaving him without a criminal record.

Teen crashed bike at hospital

A TEENAGER, whose brother died in a road accident, has been remanded on bail pending sentence for crashing a stolen moped in the grounds of St James's Hospital, Dublin.

The west Dublin boy, aged 17, pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to driving the stolen moped and having no licence or motor insurance on March 12.

The case was adjourned to September.

Youth accused of home fracas

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy charged with criminal damage arising out of a domestic incident at his mother's house has been remanded on bail at the Dublin Children's Court.

The boy has been charged with criminal damage to a bedroom door, at the west Dublin home, on June 15.

He also faces an additional charge for violent behaviour at a garda station.