Howth Junction Accused Avoids Prison With Six-Month Probation Period Handed Down

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CCTV - Howth Junction - April 1st, 2021

A teenager in Dublin has avoided a prison sentence after an incident which saw a 17-year-old girl falling head-first under a Dart at Howth Junction station on April 1st last year.

The 17-year-old boy, who accepted his presence was intimidating, was released on six months of supervised probation.

The prosecution obtained video footage from the DART station’s CCTV system, a security guard’s body cam, and evidence from a second teenage girl who interacted with the group.

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The group, which numbered ten, were kicked off the train due to anti-social comments. One of the 17-year-olds swung a foot at a girl from his bike, making contact with her head.

The victim described the incident as daunting and that “one of them lunged” at her. The court heard they were identified by Gardaí after confidential information from the public.

The judge said there was a clear threat of evidence. A teenager had a six month probation imposed.

Sentencing for another teenager who swung his foot at the girl’s head has been adjourned for another month.