A Dublin teenager is facing a hefty sentence for assault and violent disorder after a vicious attack where a garda was knocked unconscious while trying to find a missing boy.
The Dublin Children’s Court heard that gardai literally feared for their lives after they found the missing boy, 13, at a house party but were set on by 15 to 20 youths in an unprovoked altercation.
Garda David Egan was repeatedly punched in the face and about the head, and then dragged around by up to 12 youths, while his colleague Garda Paula Carter was knocked unconscious and stomped on the ground.
The 13-yr-old boy, who is now 15 had denied violent disorder and assaulting Garda David Egan in connection with the attack in north Dublin in February 2015. However, the boy was found guilty following a trial before Judge John O’Connor and may now face jail time.
The boy is a repeat offender, and already has five prior criminal convictions. He had sentencing adjourned for a probation report to be prepared, but the judge warned the boy, who was flanked by his mother, that he is probably looking at a custodial sentence.