Wednesday 23 August 2017

Boy (16) went on driving rampage with car bought on Done Deal

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Tom Tuite

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy, who went on a driving rampage in a car he bought through the Done Deal website, has been given a two-year road ban.

The boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was spared a custodial sentence after a 12-month probation bond was imposed by Judge John O’Connor at the Dublin Children’s Court.

The teen, who had no prior criminal convictions, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of dangerous driving on Jan. 10 last at locations in north Dublin: Malahide Road in D3, the Belmayne Avenue and Malahide Road junction, a roundabout in Clarehall and on the R139, Main Street in Clongriffin, the junction of Grand Road and Willie Nolan Road, Coast Road and Moyne Road.

The court heard the teenager was driving a '99-reg Ford Fiesta which turned away as it approached a Garda checkpoint and he drove off at high-speed.

At an earlier hearing the judge had said it was lucky the teenager had not caused fatalities and was not on trial for manslaughter. He was supervised by the Probation Service for the past nine months and after which there were still concerns that he lacked pro-social activities and a training course.

However, his barrister Henry Kelly said the teenager, has been offered some work, has a course lined up for the summer and it was hoped he could begin training as a mechanic later in the year.

Pleading for leniency he said the boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, has a stable home environment.

Garda Garret Ryan, of Coolock station, told Judge O'Connor that the teenager was pursued and seen driving through a red light. He then overtook a car causing two on-coming cars to take evasive actions. He went through a pedestrian crossing on the wrong side of the road, broke another red light and hit the side of another car. He turned on to another road and began “weaving in and out of traffic” in a housing estate.

Garda Ryan said it happened at 3pm and it was busy time of the day. At Grange Road the boy drove on the wrong side of the road and “forced on-coming traffic out of his way” and he narrowly missed a collision at Willie Nolan Road.

The court heard the boy started to head in the direction of Portmarnock and he drove on the Coast Road, on the wrong side. The Moyne Road had been been flooded and when the teenager got there he “hit a pool of water and fish tailed and hit a tree”.

“I want to say sorry, it was a once off mistake, it will never happen again,” the boy had told Judge O'Connor earlier. The boy wants to become a mechanic and bought the car cheap replaced the battery and was planning on selling it, the defence had said.

The court has heard the teen bought the car on the Done Deal four days before the chase.

Judge O'Connor has also told him his mother was lucky not be in the Coroner's Court dealing with the death of her own child and possibly the deaths of other children. He had said it was a very serious case and the boy could have been facing a trial for dangerous driving causing death, or manslaughter

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