Teenager attempted to rob twelve year old boy

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A TEENAGER who attacked a twelve year old boy as he was walking home from school is facing the possibility of three years in prison, a judge has warned.

A TEENAGER who attacked a twelve year old boy as he was walking home from school is facing the possibility of three years in prison, a judge has warned.

At Limerick Circuit Court, Samuel Cribbins, 19, of Norbiton Hill, Raheen pleaded guilty to attempting to rob the young boy at North Circular Road on December 20, last year.

The court was told victim of the attack was “deeply distressed” by the ordeal which happened at around 3.30 in the afternoon.

Garda Anne Marie Hassett said Mr Cribbins, who is addicted to prescription tablets, followed the 12-year-old before threatening him with a knife and demanding he hand over his mobile phone.

When the boy, who can’t be named to protect his identity, resisted, the defendant told him he would “dig the head” off him if he did not hand over his phone.

The court heard he then knocked the young boy to the ground and tried to rip the pockets off his jacket.

Following a brief struggle, the young boy managed to escape and raised the alarm.

Brian McInerney said his client accepts he should go to jail but he said “prison will not rehabilitate him”.

Adjourning the case until January, Judge Caroll Moran said the defendant is facing a three year prison sentence unless he addresses his addiction problems in the meantime.

He requested a probation report in the case.

*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 10, 2011