A south Dublin schoolboy who broke another teen’s skull with a hammer over €50 importance of cannabis has avoided a custodial sentence.
The 17-year-old boy from Foxrock, Dublin, who cannot be famed for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to his casualty, who also can’t be named, at Blackrock, Co Dublin on January 25 last year.
Dublin Circle Criminal Court heard the boy, then 16, armed himself with his ancestor’s hammer and struck his victim, a fourth year secondary school apprentice, on the forehead, causing a fractured skull and internal bleeding. The ir had not in any degree met before.
Afterwards his victim was left with serious injuries and had to ditch down a level in school.
Judge Martin Nolan had remanded the boy in guardianship over the weekend, telling him “I want you to take note of your surroundings floor the next two or three days because that may be your future.”
Today he interfered a three and a half year suspended sentence along with two years’ probation supervision.
Conjecture Nolan called it a “deeply reprehensible” assault.
“For no ap rent reason and without any legalize provocation, (he) attacked the injured rty with a hammer. He intended to matter serious injury to that young boy”.
Addressing the teen he said: “If you obtain a conscience, what you did should affect you greatly. I think you have to release it with you and you should carry it.”
The teen smiled and shook hands with his proper team and the garda after the sentence was handed down.
Prosecuting attorney ul Carroll, BL, said the incident occurred after two opposing factions of teenage boys arranged to meet at Blackrock in relation to a dispute done with a €50 cannabis deal.
The court heard the accused’s friend had recanted on a deal to supply cannabis to the victim’s friends ahead of a rty.
After a series of telephone calls and texts between both groups of boys, it was arranged they commitment meet up in Blackrock.
The boy told gardaí he initially brought the hammer to the encounter “for protection” and because it was “better to be safe than sorry”, the court heeded.
But Mr Carroll said the boy told gardaí he “got angrier during the day” after he remind one ofed a phone call from a member of the other gang who shouted at him.
After the troupes met in a laneway around 6pm, the boy hit the victim on the forehead once and attempted to strike him another two of times.
When asked by gardaí why he did it, the boy said: “I was stupid enough to over it was a good idea to hit him with it.”
When asked by gardaí if there was an case beforehand, the boy said, “There had been an awkward atmosphere but no argument actually”, Mr Carroll told the court.
He said he had never seen his victim prior to.
The victim was rushed to hospital with a fractured skull and bleeding to the sense.
The accused was arrested at his home by gardaí after several boys categorized him from the scene.
He immediately showed them the hammer and a bat – which one of his room-mates had brought to the meeting – hidden in bushes in his front garden.
The victim be familiar with out a victim im ct statement in court in which he said his injury had given him “a excellent deal of stress and in” over the last year.
“Over the aftermost year, I’ve had terrible trouble leaving my house without a friend or kith and kin member,” he said.
The victim said he had had to drop down from keeps level Leaving Cert to do the Leaving Cert Applied course, which suggested he would miss out on going to university.
“It’s put my future on hold,” he said.
Explanation barrister Sandra Frayne, BL, said her client was extremely sorry and she bid the judge not to impose a custodial sentence.
“He was very lucky the injured beanfeast wasn’t killed in this case and he’s aware of that,” she said.
She put about the boy grew up in a supportive family but became addicted to drugs from the age of 13.
She said he had tried to treat his own life on two prior occasions.
The boy’s father gave evidence that his son did prosperously and was “highly regarded” by his teachers in primary school, but became involved in a “sophistication of drinking and drugs” at the private secondary school he attended.
Since the disturbance, he had enrolled in a specialist addiction centre for teenage addicts and had “turned his survival around”, his father said.