Vicious teen phone thug tore hair from woman

Tom Tuite

AN "IMPULSIVE" teenage thief, who tore a clump of hair from a woman's head during a vicious phone snatch in Dublin city centre, has been spared jail.

The 17-year-old boy, who was sentenced to 12 months probation, had pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to taking a HTC phone worth €480 from the 27-year-old woman, during a robbery on February 25 last at Beresford Place.

The court that during the mugging the teen "grabbed a female's phone, she was on it at the time...pulled it from her and caught a clump of her hair".

Over two dates in May, while on bail, he stole €1,255 worth of clothes from shops in Dublin city-centre. He also admitted trespassing at a home in north Dublin while he was being pursued by gardai on June 26.