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Saturday 21 October 2017

'Knuckle duster' teen is locked up for six months

PROBLEM WITH ALCOHOL, DRUGS, 'AND AUTHORITY'

A WEXFORD TOWN youth has been sentenced to six months detention on a charge of having possession of a brass knuckleduster which was adapted to cause injury.

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was given the sentence on Monday after Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla read both Probation Officers Reports and psychiatric reports in the case.

The defendant has already been in custody since June and has another matter pending in the circuit court.

His solicitor Ed King described this matter as 'a tragic case in many ways' and said the youth - who has just turned 16 - has come to the adverse attention of the Gardai for six or seven years.

'He does require some sort of psychotherapy and counselling,' he said adding that the youth would have 'free rein' in a lot of ways in his life.

'Only for his grandmother he would be left unattended,' he said. Mr. King did note, however, that at a previous hearing Judge Earley had referred to the defendant as ' too young to give up on'.

He acknowledged that his client has an alcohol and drug problem and there is 'no question that he has a problem with authortiy'.

In response to the charge against him the youth said that he had found the knuckle dusters in the road on his way home from the chip shop. 'I was playing football and I just found them on the street,' he said. Judge O Buachalla decided to impose a six months detention in the case and recommended that the defendant receive whatever sort of therapy medical assessors suggested.

Recognisances were fixed in the event of an appeal.

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