A 16-year-old male has been charged with violent disorder arising from a late night row in Kilkee that saw three people sustain head injuries, writes Gordon Deegan.
At the Children’s Court of Kilrush District Court sitting in Ennis, Sergeant Louis Moloney said that CCTV footage shows the teenager – then aged 15 – breaking a bottle off a wall and running with it towards a row which was off camera.
In the case, the teenager is charged with committing violent disorder at the Strand Line, Kilkee, on July 31 2020 contrary to Section 15 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Sergeant Moloney said that no injured party named the teenager as the person who carried out the attacks on the three injured parties.
He said that one of those assaulted required 43 stitches and staples to injuries to his head and arm.
Sergeant Moloney stated that another male required five staples to a head injury and a female required five stitches and sutures to a head injury.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had directed that the case be heard in the district court.
However, after hearing an outline of the State’s case against the teenager, Judge Mary Larkin declined jurisdiction.
As a result, the case will now be heard at the Circuit Court where the penalties on conviction for violent disorder are much higher than in the district court.
Sergeant Moloney told Judge Larkin that there is no else before the court concerning the incident.
The accused is on bail and Judge Larkin adjourned the case to November 9.