Teen accused of attack on English tourists in Temple Bar sent forward for Circuit Court trial

Teen Accused Of Attack On English Tourists In Temple Bar Sent Forward For Circuit Court Trial
The 16-year-old is charged with violent disorder, assault causing harm and robbery in Dublin's Temple Bar. Photo: AFP via Getty
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Tom Tuite

A 16-year-old boy accused of participating in a gang attack on English tourists in Dublin's Temple Bar has been sent forward for trial.

He is charged with violent disorder, assault causing harm and robbery at Fownes Street on the night of August 11th.


He appeared at the Dublin Children's Court on Tuesday, which held the case was too serious to accept jurisdiction and that he should be tried at a higher level with broader sentencing powers.

Prosecutors served a book of evidence on the teenager, who cannot be identified because he is a minor.

Judge Brendan Toale granted an order to send the boy’s case forward on indictment to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where it will be listed on January 18th.

Legal aid was granted to the teenager, who was remanded in continuing custody.


The Director of Public Prosecutions had recommended that the case be sent to the Circuit Court because of the seriousness of the matter.

The defence pleaded with the Children's Court to accept jurisdiction because he is a juvenile, but the application was denied.

Previously, it was alleged one of the victims had his head "stamped on" when up to eight teenagers attacked his group.

Garda Ruth Finnegan had said that one man's necklace and wallet containing €30 were taken.


The court heard claims that the tourist was pulled and dragged down before being kicked on the ground by the accused while another person went through his pockets and took his property.

A second man was hit in the face before being knocked to the ground, where he was allegedly "punched numerous times and kicked to the head".

He suffered swelling and bruising around his eye.

Garda Finnegan had told the court a third victim received a punch in the face and was knocked to the ground, where he had his "head stamped on, while he appeared unconscious".

He had a "large gash to the back of his head", the court heard.

A fourth man received multiple blows and was kicked twice in the face on the ground, but the teenage defendant was not charged over that aspect of the incident.

Another youth was handed sentences totalling four months in the Children's Court for his part in the mugging and a later street robbery. An adult teenager is also before the courts.

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