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Teen who kicked man to death spared additional sentencing for thrashing room in Oberstown

A 17-year-old boy who kicked a man to death in Dublin back in 2020 has been spared conviction and additional sentencing for thrashing a room at Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to causing €5,992 worth of criminal damage during a stand-off at a detention room while awaiting a murder trial.


It’s understood that the boy along with another youth had “barricaded themselves” in a room and threatened staff for hours, according to Garda Nicky McBride.

Before gardaí intervened, the youths used planks to smash the door and the television inside the room.

Judge Paul Kelly described the room as being “absolutely trashed” after observing photos of the damage caused.


The youth was sentenced to life detention with a review after eight years after admitting to the murder of 39-year-old Claudio Robu, who was kicked to death in a laneway on South Circular Road on the 14th of September 2020.

Dublin Children’s Court heard that the youth experienced a violent childhood, that his mother’s partner was abusive to him and that he was abandoned in May 2020.

The Counsel stated that the boy had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) but it was left untreated.

Although exposed to cannabis at a very young age, it’s understood that the boy is now drug-free.

It’s also understood that he is doing well in custody and aims to finish his Leaving Certificate.

Judge Kelly stated that the boy has “far more challenging matters” to deal with over the coming years and applied the Probation of Offenders Act.

The boy is expected to be transferred into the adult prison system once he turns 18 years old.

IMAGE – “Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by infomatique


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