Teen kicked and punched woman

A 16-year-old boy high on cocaine punched and kicked a woman in the face after she stopped her car when a bottle was thrown.

The incident happened at 11.30pm on December 17 last, Garda Michael O’Brien told Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, where the assailant was sentenced to one year in detention at Oberstown and a further year of post-release supervision.

The teen pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery arising out of the incident.

Garda O’Brien said the woman, aged 45, had a bottle thrown at her car as she drove through a housing estate in Mayfield.

The boy approached the car and opened the driver’s door and kicked her in the face as she sat in the car. He then leaned in and pulled the keys out of the of ignition.

“He returned a moment or two later. He grabbed her by the hair and punched her with force into the head and threw the keys back into the car,” Garda O’Brien said.

Other young people who were present took the accused away from the scene. The injured party had slight swelling in the face and also had a swollen lip.

The victim was not in court yesterday but a victim impact statement was handed in for the attention of Judge Gerard O’Brien.

In it, she stated she was terrified on the night, she could not sleep for a few weeks afterwards, and was embarrassed by the bruising and swelling to her face, particularly at Christmas time.

The accused had six previous convictions including two for attempted robbery.

Judge O’Brien said: “This happened while the accused was on cocaine. That cannot be seen as a mitigating factor. In mitigation is the family history which was extremely difficult. He has had severe difficulties in his upbringing. He has some insight into the gravity of the offence. I am satisfied he is remorseful.

The judge ordered him to take the benefit of the pastoral assistance available to him in Oberstown.

Gareth Fleming, defending, said the accused would be glad to write a letter of apology to be sent to the victim through the gardaí.


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