Teenager assaults Tipperary man twice in his own home on the same night

Teenager assaults Tipperary man twice in his own home on the same night

Juvenile defendant remanded in custody.

 

A seventeen year old assaulted a man in his home in Tipperary town and returned again to inflict another assault on the same night after the gardai had called to investigate the first incident, Tipperary district court was told.

On the first occasion the defendant pushed the man down a stairs and kicked and punched him at the bottom of the stairs.

An hour later, after the gardai left the house after calling to investigate the first assault, the defendant returned and assaulted the same man with a bamboo stick.

Before the court was a juvenile defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who pleaded guilty to the assaults and other charges.

Sgt Cathal Godfrey told the court that at 2.15am on June 22nd, 2017, gardai received a call  reporting an assault at 39 Dillon Street,Tipperary Town.

Gardai went  to the scene and  David O’Brien told them that  the defendant had entered his house, pushed him down a stairs  and kicked and punched him at the bottom of the stairs.

The front door had been forced in.

At 3am the defendant returned to the house, carried out another assault with a bamboo stick, knocked the victim to the ground and kicked him.

Mr. O’Brien was taken by ambulance and was treated for minor injuries.

The defendant pleaded guilty to two assault charges and being in possession of an offensive weapon at Dillon Street on June 22nd.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage at Main Street, Tipperary on 19th April, 2017 and also to a charge of a breach of public order on 14th July, 2017 at Pearse Park.

Sgt Godfrey said gardai received a report of a broken window in a discount store in Main Street,Tipperary on 19th April.

CCTV footage showed the defendant picking up a traffic cone and throwing it at the window. The building was vacant at the time. The defendant, when arrested said he did not remember throwing the cone at the window.

On July 14th a garda on patrol duty on a mountain bike came across the defendant in an intoxicated condition at Pearse Park and arrested him.

After hearing the outline of the events that led to the charges,  Judge Elizabeth McGrath remanded the defendant in custody to May 14th for a probation report to be carried out and for a victim impact report to be submitted to court.