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Teen Facing Extra Charges Over Leaving Cert Party Stabbing Wants To Plead Guilty

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

03:21 14 Nov 2022

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A teenage boy charged with attacking another teenager who was seriously injured in a stabbing outside a Leaving Cert party in west Dublin will face extra charges and plead guilty, a court has heard.

The incident happened as more than 150 young people attended an exam results celebration at Vela nightclub, at Liffey Valley at about 12.30am on September 3.

Emergency services were called, and a youth in his late teens was rushed by ambulance to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

In September, a 16-year-old boy, whose identity cannot be reported because he is a minor, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court.

He is accused of assault causing harm to a male, at the Vela nightclub car park, on September 3, contrary to section three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person act.

He was also charged with possessing a knife as a weapon six days later at another location in west Dublin.

There was no application for bail, and he was remanded in custody.

The case resumed today when Judge Toale noted gardai had brought more charges against the boy whose parents did not come to the hearing. A family friend stood in on their behalf.

However, the new charges could only be formally accepted by the court once the teen had a parent or guardian present.

The law requires their attendance in proceedings in the Children's Court, and Judge Toale warned that an arrest warrant could be issued for them.

Detective Garda Sheedy said he understood that the boy's father would attend if given notice.

The teen's barrister Doireann McDonagh said the teen would be entering a guilty plea and "hopes to expedite matters".

Judge Toale also noted the DPP had recommended the case be dealt with at the Circuit Court level, which has wider sentencing powers.

A preliminary hearing needs to take place to allow the defence to plead for the case to remain in the Children's Court, and that also requires the attendance of a parent or guardian.

Judge Toale remanded the boy, who did not address the court, in continuing custody. The case resumes later this month.

Reporting by Tom Tuite

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