A Dublin teenager who dragged another boy off a bus during a violent robbery has been held for two and a half years.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, assaulted the teenage victim both on and off a bus in an incident where the victim also threatened to be stabbed.
He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery on a bus in Navan Road, Dublin 7, on 23 March 2021. He has 62 convictions, including convictions for robbery. , theft, burglary and assault.
Through today/yesterday sentencing (TUES), Judge Melanie Greally said fortunately the victim suffered no lasting injuries, but there were psychological effects.
Judge Greally said the case was aggravated by the victim not only being assaulted but also threatened with stabbing and being dragged off the bus during the robbery.
The judge said the defendant had relationships with other antisocial people of the same age, drank alcohol and drugs and engaged in violence and theft of property.
She noted that where he is currently being held, he is making good progress in regards to his studies and skills development when he is released.
Judge Greally sentenced the boy to two and a half years in prison.
A local gardener told Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecutor, that the victim was on the bus when the defendant and another man reached the top floor. They first sit across from the victim, then move in front of and behind him.
The gardener said the two began asking the victim questions like where he came from, then one of them grabbed his phone and asked him to unlock it. The defendant then punched the victim repeatedly in the face.
The victim unlocked the phone and both men threatened with knives. An earphone was also stolen during the robbery after it fell out of the victim’s ear.
The defendant pulled the victim out of the car and beat him several times. The third male got out of the car, told the defendant not to hit the victim anymore, and then the three men ran away, leaving the victim on the road.
The victim’s face was swollen for days after the incident and there were cuts on the inside of her cheeks. The victim was a promising soccer player at the time of the incident, but had been greatly affected by the offence.
The defendant was released on bail at the time of the crime for assault and theft, the court heard.
The guard agrees with Pieter Le Vert BL, guard, that an actual knife was never manufactured in the incident.
Mr Le Vert said his client’s parents each struggled with their own issues, which led to him being quickly placed in five foster positions. He said his clients started abusing alcohol and drugs and got into a lot of trouble.
Counsel said his client is attending counseling to deal with his addiction issues while in custody. He noted that one of the people his client was with on the day in question had died.
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