Boy, 16, who had drug addiction of €1,000 a day aged 13 jailed for molesting teenagers

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The 16-year-old, who is currently in remand in Oberstown awaiting trial, pleaded guilty in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing damage, producing a bicycle pump during a one assault, two robberies and two attempted robberies in October. 20, 2019.

He has 24 prior convictions for misdemeanors including burglary and robbery which he committed to fuel a drug addiction which began when he was 12. He was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 months in prison.

Mark Lynam BL, defending, told Judge Martin Nolan that his client was born a heroin addict, being the child of two serious drug addicts.

He was in the care of his grandmother and aunts and was doing well until he met his biological mother on the street when he was 12 years old. She self-harmed in front of him and this incident led him to abuse cocaine and tablets.

Mr Lynam said that by the time the boy was 13 he was spending €1,000 a day on drugs and committing crimes to feed this addiction.

Judge Martin Nolan said the crimes committed involved violence and were very frightening for the teenage victims. He said he had no doubt the defendant was “an active participant”.

It sentenced him to 18 months in custody with effect backdated to January last year, when the teenager was first remanded in Oberstown pending this upcoming trial.

Garda Elaine Dodd told Michael Hourigan BL, continuing the teenagers were gathered around the Na Fianna GAA pitch in Drumcondra at 4pm that evening when they were approached by a group of three men.

One of the teenagers was struck by this defendant with a bicycle pump on the temple and on the legs in an attempt to get the victim off his bicycle. The victim was left with bruising and swelling on his face, a black eye and bruising on his leg.

Photographs of his injuries were handed over to the court along with a medical report from Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Two other teenagers had their phones stolen while the group tried to steal the phones of two other teenagers. The victims said one of the attackers mentioned they had a knife with them.

This teenager was named a suspect after one of the victims was able to give his name to gardaí. He was arrested the following month and made a confession.

Mr Lynam asked Judge Nolan to accept his client was ‘not a hopeless person’ and said his grandmother and aunts would support him when he was finally released from custody.

“He’s not necessarily destined for a life of crime,” the attorney said. “He has ideas and expressed remorse.”

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