Defendant struck and robbed two teenagers
DRINK PROBLEM 21-YEAR-OLD TOOK BOY’S WALLET
A GREYSTONES MAN who struck a 14year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy in the face was before Wicklow Circuit Court last week.
John O’Brien, 31 Burnaby Lawns, Greystones, had been convicted of robbing the boy and assaulting the two teenagers at Burnaby Lawns on October 27, 2007.
He was also convicted of robbery in Wicklow Gaol on May 27, 2008.
Garda Michael Houlihan said that on October 27, 2007, O’Brien had approached the teenagers in Burnaby Lawns.
He hit the boy in the face three times and stole his wallet which contained € 50, an Ulster Bank ATM card and a € 20 Lifestyle Sports voucher.
When the girl asked for the wallet he struck her in the face with the back of his right hand.
Under cross examination Garda Houlihan said O’Brien had a lot of drink taken on the occasion. Garda Seamus O’Brien said that on May 28, O’Brien had entered Wicklow Gaol and at the end of the tour had said he was going to the toilet but instead went into a private area of the Gaol and took a purse and two mobile phones from lockers there. There was € 96.46 in the purse. The court heard O’Brien was a 21-year-old man who lived in Greystones with his parents. He was ‘extremely remorseful’ for his action and had a serious alcohol problem for which he was getting help.
Judge Griffin sentenced him to three terms of six months detention in respect of each of the charges on October 27 and six months detention for the burglary in Wicklow Gaol to run concurrently.
He wouldn’t suspend the sentence, saying O’Brien was before him having struck two teenagers in the face.