Cork teen faces seven charges after appearing in court in connection to alleged attack on female gardai

A TEENAGER appeared in court today charged in connection with an alleged attack on three female gardai.

The 16-year-old was described as the ringleader of a mob of youths who allegedly attacked officers as they tried to break up a group engaging in anti-social behaviour last Saturday night.

Judge Olann Kelleher refused the Garda request to have the teenager remanded in custody

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Judge Olann Kelleher refused the Garda request to have the teenager remanded in custodyCredit: Collins Photo Agency
The teen appeared in court in connection to an attack on three female gardai

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The teen appeared in court in connection to an attack on three female gardaiCredit: Alamy

The teen, who cannot be named because of his age, is charged with obstructing Garda Fiona Byrne and assault causing harm to Garda Byrne.

He is also charged with engaging in threatening behaviour and a charge of drinking cider from an open can contrary to the Intoxicating Liquor Act.

In total, he faces seven different charges — including assault causing harm to another teenager earlier on the same date at Carrigaline community complex — and two other charges relating to the alleged assault on a teenage girl and the theft of her iPhone a month earlier.

Sergeant Leonard O’Sullivan told the court that the alleged incident happened around midnight on Saturday, December 18, in the car park in Carrigaline, Co Cork.

He said he was objecting to bail because of the seriousness of the charges resulting from an alleged violent disorder incident involving up to 40 people.

Sergeant O’Sullivan said: “One of them was the accused person. He was one of the main offenders — the ringleader of the incident.”

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He said on the night, three gardaí were on duty and went to the scene of an alleged public order breach.

There they arrested a male and put handcuffs on him before attempting to take him from the area. They were surrounded by members of his group who “actively assaulted the gardai”.

As a result of this interference by the accused and others, the arrested person managed to escape from custody still in handcuffs.

Sergeant O’Sullivan said that assistance was requested in order to bring the situation under control.

MEDIA ATTENTION

He said the incident attracted a lot of media attention and much of what happened was captured on mobile phones by those present.

He added: “It has been circulating on social media.”

Judge Olann Kelleher refused the Garda request to have the teenager remanded in custody, but granted bail on strict conditions — including a curfew which sees him confined in his home every evening from 6pm to 7am.

He also has to stop drinking alcohol and stay out of Carrigaline.

The Judge also refused a request by the defence to begin the curfew at 9pm on the grounds that this was “an exceptional situation”.

The teenager was remanded on bail to appear before the juvenile court sitting again in Washington Street courthouse on January 7 next.

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