15 year old youth admits 2010 assault and robbery of retired nurse

A youth has appeard in court in Milford charged with attacking and robbing a retired nurse in Letterkenny  when he was 14.

The boy, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to attacking Anna McDaid in August last year.

His solicitor told the court today he deeply regrets what he did, and wants to meet with Mrs Mc Daid to apologise.

Mrs McDaid, who is in her late 60s, suffered a broken arm, a dislocated shoulder and was knocked unconscious while on her way to her local post-office in broad daylight at 5pm.

The court was told the boy was with another man and he shouted to her “Give me the money” before knocking her over and stealing her handbag.

The bag was found a short time later with €300 missing from it.

Solicitor for the accused, Kieran Dillon, said at the time of the attack, the youth had been under the influence of other people, and did not have the maturity to say no to them.

The solicitor produced €500 in court to compensate the €300, and an extra €200 for Mrs McDaid “as a small gesture for all she has suffered.”

Garda Inspector David Murphy told the court that although there was another person involved in the attack, it is unlikely they will come before the court.

Judge Kelly ordered a probation report so he can best deal with the case and ordered the youth to appear before him again on June 13th.