Teenager accused of stamping on man’s head

A man’s head was stamped on eight times after he witnessed a row in Dublin city centre, a court has heard.

Scott Cunningham, aged 18, from Kilbarron Park, Coolock, Dublin, is charged with assault causing harm to the man aged in his 20s at Westmoreland St on Sept-ember 8.

The youth claims he acted in self-defence, Dublin Children’s Court heard. He was a juvenile at the time of the alleged attack but has since reached adulthood.

Judge Denis McLoughlin held the youth should be tried in the circuit court which has tougher sentencing powers. The teenager was ordered to appear again at the Children’s Court on January 23 to be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

In an outline of the prosecution case, Garda Frank Johnson told the judge it was alleged the youth “and a number of others” were on O’Connell St, where they became involved in row.

The man observed it and was told to go away and received a punch. At Westmoreland St, he was hit again, knocked to the ground, and it was alleged the defendant “was observed stamping on his head eight times”.

The man was hospitalised and a medical report on his injuries was submitted.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble pleaded for the case to be retained in the juvenile court. He said it was a very serious incident but the teenager would say he acted in self-defence.

The youth is the second person to be charged over the assault.

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