Teen ‘celebrated like footballer’ after attack

A teenager celebrated like a football player after chasing a homeless man through Cork city before kicking and stamping him on the head, it was claimed yesterday.

A garda told a court the 30-year-old homeless man had been knocked to the ground, kicked, stamped on, and suffered a broken nose and some broken teeth.

Garda Brian Maher outlined the allegations at Cork District Court where a juvenile was charged with assault, causing harm and endangerment whereby he created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another person.

The injured party in the case was homeless, he said.

The accused is 17 years old and, for legal reasons, cannot be named.

He was arrested in the presence of his mother and brought before a juvenile hearing of Cork District Court.

Garda Maher provided a background to the alleged assault, so Judge Con O’Leary could determine whether he would deal with the matter at district court level or refuse jurisdiction which would result in a trial at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The assault allegedly occurred at Winthrop Street, Cork, on the afternoon of March 22 last.

Garda Maher testified the accused had allegedly “celebrated this incident as if he was on a football pitch”.

“He was with friends in the area. The injured party was taken directly to Cork University Hospital. He was lucky in terms of his injuries (that they were not worse). He sustained a broken nose and a number of broken teeth. It was Saturday afternoon. A lot of families were out shopping with their kids and they were affected after viewing this incident.”

Judge O’Leary asked if there was CCTV of the alleged incident.

Garda Maher said there was excellent quality CCTV. This is to be brought to Cork District Court in two weeks’ time, together with a medical report on the injured party.

The judge will then decide on jurisdiction.

Bail conditions require the defendant to stay away from the city centre as well as Leitrim Street and MacCurtain Street; to sign regularly at his local Garda station, keep a 9pm curfew and abstain from intoxicants.

In a separate case, a 16-year-old faced a lesser charge of simple assault on the same injured party on the same occasion. His case will be dealt with at Cork District Court.

Both teenagers were represented on free legal aid by solicitor Emmet Boyle.

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