A 15-year-old boy, who was part of a violent gang that attacked gardaí with kicks, bites, punches, stones and bottles and hit a female garda on the stomach with a brick, has decided he wants to be detained for two years.
The teenager had been given a two year sentence by the Dublin Children’s Court on December 11 last. However, he was released within two hours after bail was lodged allowing him to appeal the severity of the sentence.
Judge David Anderson was told today that the north Dublin teenager had been arrested on New Year’s Eve for a public order disturbance.
The boy’s mother no longer wanted to continue standing bail pending the appeal and the teen was accepting the two year detention order, which is to be served in the Trinity House juvenile detention centre, Judge Anderson was told.
He and three other teens had been were convicted for assaulting gardaí, obstruction, drunk and disorderly and breach of the peace, arising from the violent disturbance in Ballymun, which went on for over two hours, on the night of May 13 last
Gardaí from six north Dublin stations and the garda helicopter were called in to give back up.
At one stage they had to retreat before going back in to disperse the youths.
The violence erupted after gardaí responded to a report of vandalism.
Garda Ciaran Murrihy, of Ballymun station, said when he arrived, bricks, bottles and stones were thrown at his patrol car. Two of his colleagues were surrounded by about 15 youths.
They were attacked with punches and kicks by two of the defendants. While an arrest was attempted one of the defendants “came running over to me and tried to release him he bit me on my arm".
A female student garda was hit with brick in her stomach resulting in her having to go to hospital.
The crowd of youths grew to about 25 and the five gardaí at the scene had to pull out for their own safety but later more units arrived to assist in breaking up the violent crowd.
Garda Brian Martin of Santry station said that another of the defendants threatened to “slice me up. He said he’d follow me home and petrol bomb my house.”
Gardaí were pelted with tins, stones and bottles which were thrown by youths from a fifth floor balcony.
The disturbance started at about 11.30pm on May 13 and finished at about 2am the following morning.