Wednesday 18 October 2017

Teenager caused thousands in damage when crashing stolen Mercedes

Tom Tuite

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has admitted causing almost €27,000 worth of damages when he crashed a stolen Mercedes into two other cars.

The boy appeared at the Dublin Children's Court today and pleaded guilty to stealing a 2011-registered Mercedes Benz at Moylaragh Crescent in Balbriggan, on April 23 last.

He has also admitted criminal damage to the stolen Merc as well as to a '02-registered Hyundai Lantra and a '11-registered Opel Meriva.

Guilty pleas were also entered by the boy to charges for driving without insurance or a licence.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin heard that gardaí noticed the Mercedes driving erratically. It then hit a parked Hyundai and crashed into the Opel car.

About €26,900 worth of damages were caused by then 15-year-old boy.

The juvenile court heard that the boy, who is on bail, is now in an educational programme for early school leavers and his behaviour had been affected by a negative peer group.

Judge Ni Chonduin adjourned sentencing the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, until a date in February when a probation report is to be furnished to the court.

The judge noted that he has not come to further garda attention and is obeying bail conditions set down by the court earlier.

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