A 17-YEAR-OLD boy, who wrote-off his mother's partner's car in a crash that caused more than €5,000 worth of damage, has been ordered to pay €400 in compensation.
The teenager, who is already on probation for other offences, pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday to motor theft, criminal damage and driving without a licence or insurance.
Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin heard that the boy took his mother's partner's car out for a drive and on the way back he ploughed into a wall.
The court heard that the car's owner needed it for work but it was taken off the road as a result of the crash, in north Dublin, last April.
Judge Ni Chonduin was told that the value of damages to the car alone was at least €5,000 but no figure was presented to the court about how much it cost to repair the wall.
Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the drive had cost the teen's family heavily but he asked the court to note that the boy had been co-operative with gardai.
He said the boy was aged 16 at the time and was "an inexperienced driver" and is also under the supervision of the Probation Service.
The teenager, who does casual work, was ordered to appear again next June when a pre-sentence probation report is to be furnished to the court.
Judge Ni Chonduin also told the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, that he will have to bring €400 to court.