Gardai probe gang attacks as thugs tell teen they’ll ‘kill him’

by Sylvia Pownall

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A teenager attacked near Malahide Castle was told by a gang of thugs they would “kill him” and “burn his house down” if he reported the mugging.

The terrified 17-yearold was pinned against a wall and robbed of his phone and jacket by a group of three teens who threatened his life during the ordeal.

They ordered him to show them his Facebook account on his mobile phone – then told him they knew his name and where he lived, warning they would burn his house down if he told Gardai.

The lad’s father said: “Luckily he wasn’t badly injured or anything, just roughed up a bit.

“He said he was grand after it, but he’s clearly not grand. He’s a lot more nervous about going out after it.”

The incident happened more than a week ago but is not an isolated one.

One local revealed: “Gangs are coming into the area, hanging around, causing trouble and mugging people. Parents are very concerned about what’s going on.”

Another resident posted a warning on Facebook advising: “There have been a few attacks from guys where their phones,
jackets, money have been taken, threatened their lives if reported.”

One 37-year-old man revealed he had a gang of nine youths aged around 16 or 17 surround him at Portmarnock FC pitch but he chased them off.

Thugs have also been throwing stones and bottles and hurling verbal abuse at residents in Jameson Orchard.

Gardai confirmed they are investigating the mugging at Back Road in Malahide on October 26 and are seeking information about “three males wearing black hoodies”.

Deputy Darragh O’Brien (FF), who lives in Malahide, said: “Over the
past week I have been informed of four separate attacks and muggings by a group of thugs against law-abiding teenagers in Malahide and Portmarnock.

“A number of concerned parents have been in touch with myself and [party colleague] Cllr Eoghan O’Brien expressing their deep anger at these attacks.”

He said he would seek a meeting with Gardai to see what could be done.

The Fianna Fail TD also called for a decision to close Malahide Garda Station at 9.30pm each night to be reversed and a “24/7” garda cover to be provided.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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