Youth awaits trial for attacking mother with glass bottle

A 16-year-old boy, arrested for attacking his mother with a glass bottle when she refused to give him money, has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The teenager, who is on bail, had been charged at the Dublin Children’s Court with assault causing harm to his mother, and criminal damage to his family home on a date in January.

However, jurisdiction to retain the case in the juvenile court had been refused earlier with the judge presiding there holding that given the seriousness of the allegations it should go to the higher court, which on conviction has wider sentencing powers.

In an outline of the evidence, the Children’s Court had been told that the west Dublin boy’s mother “refused to give him money and an argument ensued.

“It escalated into a fight during which he hit his mother a number of times, and broke a bottle over her.

“She put up her hand to defend herself and the bottle smashed,” a garda said, adding that the woman suffered a cut to her hand, bruising to her legs and a bump on her head.

It was alleged that the teenager, who still lives with his mother, then stormed out carrying a hammer, threw a plank of wood through a front window of his house and then threatened a neighbour that he would burn her house down.

The teenager, armed with the hammer, then ran after his brother, but was arrested at that point, it had been alleged.

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