Probation for teenage vandal
A 15-YEAR-OLD Dublin schoolboy, who helped carry out an act of vandalism at a DART station, has been sentenced to 12 months' supervised probation.
The boy was spared a custodial sentence after he pleaded guilty yesterday (THUR) at the Children's Court to criminally damaging a window at Harmonstown Dart station in north Dublin, on a date last February. He also admitted that on a date in October last year, he had a sat-nav system, which had been stolen earlier from a car, in his possession.
Judge Ann Ryan heard that the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his father, had helped cause about €500 worth of damages when he swung a bike at window at the rail station.
The stolen sat-nav system was found in his wardrobe in his bedroom when gardaí carried out a search at his home.
The teenager had two prior criminal convictions for burglary and trespassing and had been placed on probation in October last year for these crimes.
Judge Ryan noted that the teenager and his family are getting assistance from social services. She said the court was pleased that supports are in place to help the boy's mother with her children.
She also encouraged the boy to take up sport.
The teenager was sentenced to 12-months' probation. He must continue to accept help and guidance from his probation officer, go to school and not come to further garda attention.
If he breaks these terms, the case could be re-entered and he could face the possibility of going into detention.