A Dublin teenager, who wanted to be locked up so he could do the Leaving Certificate, had his wish granted when he was detained by a judge for 16 months.
The 16-year-old, who had previously asked to be held in custody, had been given a suspended six-month sentence at the Dublin Children's Court last November on a charge of handling a stolen mobile phone.
Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin heard at the city's juvenile court that he had continued to commit petty thefts, a breach of the peace and had been caught carrying a bolt cutters for use in a theft.
On December 24 last, he verbally abused a garda in Dublin.
On November 27 last, he was spotted in Dublin city centre "checking out" bicycle stands. When searched he had bolt cutters in his back pack.
He was described by the judge as "16 going on 26".