Teenager allegedly mugged four women in 90 minutes
By Brendan Grehan
A TEENAGER (16) who allegedly mugged four women in Tallaght over a 90-minute period last November will face trial in the Circuit Court. Judge Bridget Reilly refused jurisdiction in the teenager’s case.
Judge Reilly heard it will be alleged that the teenager and his accomplice falsely imprisoned one of their victims and brought her to an atm where they forced her to withdraw €50.
All the four victims were eastern European. The teenager appeared before Judge Reilly in custody.
Sergeant Philip Rowe told Judge Reilly that the teenager is charged with four robberies which are alleged to have occurred between 8.50am and 10am on November 15 last.
He said it will be alleged that in the first incident a woman was in a park, walking to work when she was knocked to the ground by the teenager and another youth.
He said it will be alleged that they searched her bag and pockets and the other youth threatened her with a large, jagged knife, which was a prune saw.
He said it will be alleged that they demanded to know her pin number and they forced her to go to an atm where she withdrew €50 and handed it over to them.
Sgt Rowe said it will be alleged that the second incident happened at 9am when another woman was walking to work when she was approached by the two youths who went through her handbag and demanded her pin number. He said the woman was in shock and could not remember it.
He added that it will be alleged that just after 9am in Springfield, they took a woman’s bank card and a small amount of cash.
Sgt Rowe added that it will be alleged that the final incident was at 10am when a woman was standing at a Luas stop and the teenager took her phone and ran off. She attempted to chase but he was caught by an off-duty garda.
The teenager, who has an address in the midlands, is charged with robbing a mobile phone from a female at a Luas stop in Tallaght, on November 15 last.
He is also charged with falsely imprisoning a female and robbing €50 from an atm in Tallaght on the above date.
He is also charged with robbing €20 from a named female and with robbing €12 from another female at locations in Tallaght on the above date.
The teenager’s counsel asked the judge to accept jurisdiction. He said that the alleged incidents were not about stealing money but about stealing to feed his drug habit. He said that the teenager had been taking cocaine and had a serious drug problem.
Judge Reilly refused jurisdiction. She remanded the teenager on bail for six weeks for service of his book of evidence.