Teen grabbed schoolgirl in 'vicious, unprovoked' attack

A 17-year-old girl, who attacked a schoolgirl, aged 14, by grabbing her neck and then dragging her across a street by her hair, has been given 160 hours community service in lieu of four months detention.

The defendant, a mother of one, pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court to assaulting the younger girl, at the Rathgar Road, Terenure, Dublin, on March 12 last year.

The ordeal was described as a “vicious and unprovoked attack”.

In evidence, prosecuting garda Mary Lavin, of Terenure station, had told Judge Catherine Murphy, that the victim had been with two friends when they were approached by another youth who started to fight with them.

The victim tried to stop her friends from becoming involved in the row and the teenage defendant then came over and attacked her.

“She pulled the victim’s hair and grabbed her neck. The victim was then knocked to the ground and dragged by her hair from the footpath onto the road,” garda Lavin had said.

The victim was left with a cut upper lip and a sore neck.

The 14-year-old girl was not known to her attacker but later that day identified her when she was brought around the vicinity of the crime by gardaí.

The girl who had attacked her was spotted with a group of youths nearby and later arrested and charged.

She had made a full admission to gardaí over her actions and was apologetic, the court heard at an earlier hearing.

The 17-year-old girl, who had no previous convictions, was supported in court yesterday by her mother.

Garda Lavin told the court yesterday that the girl had not been arrested since the incident.

The defendant’s mother said she blamed herself for what her daughter had done. However she added that since the incident her daughter’s behaviour had improved greatly.

“It’s like having a daughter again,” said the teenager’s mother adding that her child had been going through a “horrible” stage at the time of the offence.

Judge Murphy, who had earlier described the incident as a “vicious and unprovoked attack”, imposed 160 hours community service.

Failure to complete the community service would result in four months detention for the teenager.


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