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Teen beat man with metal baton

A 16-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy, who beat a man in the face with a metal police-style baton during a mugging, has been spared a custodial sentence.

The teenager pleaded guilty at Dublin Children's Court to charges of attempted robbery and possessing a weapon capable of causing injury or incapacitating a person. He was placed on supervised probation for six months. The teen's guilty plea meant the victim and his girlfriend did not have to appear to give evidence.