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Teen struck shop worker with sign and wine bottle

A TEENAGER hit a shop assistant in the face with a yellow warning sign following a commotion at the entrance to the premises, a court heard.

Oliver Mulcahy (18) also struck the assistant with a wine bottle.

The victim was taken to St James Hospital following the assault, where he received a number of stitches to his chest.

A judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in April.

Mulcahy, of St Maelruan's Park in Tallaght, admitted before the Dublin District Court to seriously assaulting a shop assistant at Londis, College Green on January 21 last.

A garda witness told the court that Mulcahy was shouting and causing a nuisance at the entrance to the shop.

The gardai were called and a number of staff went to restrain him.

Mulcahy picked up a yellow warning sign and hit a shop assistant in the face.

Gardai said that Mulcahy also hit the assistant with a glass wine bottle.

The court heard the defendant, who lives at home with his parents, had no previous convictions and had never been in court before.

The defence lawyer said Mulcahy has had a problem with alcohol since he was 14 years old, his parents are aware of it and are very concerned about his behaviour.

His father was in court to support him.

His lawyer said Mulcahy left school at 16 but had recently re-engaged with education, and was attending Tallaght Youthreach.

The court heard the defendant was drinking on the night of the assault, and he later made full admissions to gardai about the incident.

His lawyer said the assault took place while Mulcahy was being restrained, and there may have been a defence open to him, but he wanted to plead guilty.

Judge Patrick McMahon said assault was a very serious offence, and carries a maximum penalty in the District Court of 12 months.

The judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in April.