De­fen­dant struck and robbed two teenagers

DRINK PROB­LEM 21-YEAR-OLD TOOK BOY’S WAL­LET

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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.

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