Teenager sexually assaulted woman who asked for directions, court hears

A youth, who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman after she asked him for directions, was further remanded in custody today.

A youth, who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman after she asked him for directions, was further remanded in custody today.

The Dublin Children's Court heard that a psychiatrist is to carry out an assessment of the teenager. His solicitor Maura Kiely told the court that the psychiatrist's report may not be available for a further four weeks.

The now 18-year-old has been charged with sexual assault of the woman, in south Dublin, on a date last March. He was aged 17, a juvenile, at the time and had been refused bail due to the seriousness of the allegations.

The defence have sought a specialist assessment by a psychiatrist from the Granada Institute for sexual offenders as part a plea for the case to be kept in the juvenile court and not sent to the Circuit Court which has wider sentencing powers.

Today Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the case until next week for it to be listed before Judge Bryan Smyth who had heard some of the defence submissions earlier.

Ms Kiely said that she would attempt to get an “initial report” from the psychiatrist by then.

Detective Garda Donal O'Neill has told the court that it was alleged the woman asked for directions and the teenager started walking with her.

“It is alleged he sexually assaulted her and robbed her handbag,” he had said.

“She has Multiple Sclerosis and was tired from the walk and sat on a bench, it is alleged he penetrated her … with his fingers,” the court has been told.

Previously he was in the care of the HSE and an earlier assessment of him showed he was functioning at a lower level of intellectual ability.

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