Teen faces trial for 30-second mugging

A 17-year-old boy left a man traumatised following a 30-second mugging where he was kicked and punched as he was held to the ground, it was alleged today.

The victim, aged 24, no longer goes out walking at night and would not stay at his home address for two weeks following the incident last June, Judge Bryan Smyth heard at the Dublin Children's Court.

He refused jurisdiction and held that the case should be sent forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which on conviction has wider sentencing powers.

The teenager, who is in custody on remand, has been charged with attempted robbery of the 24-year-old man, in Phibsborough, in north Dublin, on July 23 last.

In an outline of the allegations, Garda Andrew Lake said the man had been approached by three males and was knocked to the ground and was held down.

“The accused punched and kicked him on the ground and demanded money,” he said.

He agreed with the teen's solicitor Gareth Noble that the incident lasted about 30 seconds and also told Judge Smyth that the victim “did not live at his address for two weeks afterwards.”

“He was very shaken up and does not go out walking at night any more,” he also said.

Mr Noble asked the court to note that his client has been in custody on remand as a result of the charge and at the time of the incident had developed a problem through abusing head shop drugs.

Judge Smyth refused to keep the case in the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

He remanded the teenager, whose father was present for the case, in custody for a further four weeks when he is to be served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

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