Saturday 19 August 2017

Teenage burglar who drove woman from her home is granted bail

Tom Tuite

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy, who drove a young woman from her home which he tried to break-into while it was occupied, has been granted bail.

The boy had spent the past four weeks in custody on remand in a juvenile detention centre for psychiatric, psychological, educational assessments of him to be carried out.

Today at the Dublin Children's Court, the boy was granted bail and ordered to appear again in January when a pre-sentence probation report is to be furnished.

He had pleaded guilty earlier to a break-in at the woman's former home, on Eugene Street in Dublin 8 on July 22 last.

Dublin's Children's Court has already heard that the boy “jumped over a back wall and broke into a garden shed, he said he was looking for tools so he could break into the house”.

The young boy, who comes from north Dublin, then “broke the back door but did not gain entry”.

The occupier, who is in her twenties, later moved out, as a result of this incident.

The boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, has no prior criminal convictions but has other charges before the court which will also be dealt with at his next appearance.

He has pleaded guilty to stealing an Iphone worth €600 at Parnell Street on November 7 last. He also admitted a connected charge for possessing a knife, which he had on him when he was arrested at Hill Street, in Dublin city-centre.

The boy has also entered a guilty to plea to causing €500 worth of damages to a window during an incident a train station in north Dublin last February.

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