Cork teenager who kicked Garda in the head ordered to write letter of apology

Cork teenager who kicked Garda in the head ordered to write letter of apology
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A teenager kicked a member of An Garda Síochána in the side of the head during a melee at The Lough in Cork and today at the Children’s Court the culprit was ordered to write a letter of apology to the victim.

David McCoy, defence solicitor, said the teenager had turned his life around substantially since he carried out this assault when he was 16.

Now about to turn 18 in the coming weeks, he attended the juvenile court for sentencing today and was accompanied by his mother and father.

Mr McCoy said he was working full time as a labourer on a site that had just re-opened and that the hard work was doing him good.

The case had been heard previously and adjourned until today for sentencing.

Mr McCoy said the teenager spent a short time in Oberstown detention centre last year and had worked well since his release. He has also addressed alcohol and drug abuse issues through rehabilitation programmes.

“He had a number of behavioural difficulties as a young man,” Mr McCoy said.

Judge Dorgan recalled that the assault dating back to January 18, 2019 was “a nasty enough incident.” 

It occurred in the course of a melee involving a number of groups of youths. As Garda Murphy was arresting one of them he fell to the ground with this teenager. The defendant before the court today then approached and kicked the guard in the head.

Judge Dorgan said she did not want to finalise the case immediately. She put sentencing back until June 26, indicating that she would be willing to put the accused on a probation bond. However, she wanted the teenager to write a letter of apology to Garda Murphy and to other gardaí who had been dealing with him in the course of this public order incident.

Judge Dorgan said the reason he was going to be put on a probation bond was because he had done so well in turning his life around.

“I wish you well and hope I don’t see you again and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Stay out of trouble, get on with your life and have a good life,” Judge Dorgan said to the 17-year-old.

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