Wednesday 21 March 2018

Crack-dealing 16 year old spared custodial sentence

Tom tuite

A 16-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy has been spared a custodial sentence after he was twice caught dealing crack cocaine.

The teenager was placed on supervised probation for six months today after he pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to possessing drugs for sale or supply in Ballymun in north Dublin, on dates in January and December.

Judge Bryan Smyth ordered the teenager as a condition of his probation to attend addiction counselling, to continue taking part in a training course and not to commit any further crimes. The boy was accompanied to his court hearing by family members.

He spoke briefly during the case quietly saying “yes” to indicate he understood the judge's warning that he risked being brought back to court and getting a custodial sentence if he broke the terms of his probation.

The boy, who has no prior criminal convictions, was found with four deals of crack cocaine on each occasion – the total value of which was €320. He was also found with €20 worth of cannabis.

The boy also had €600 in cash on him and admitted to gardai that some of the money came from drug dealing.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble had said the teenager was trying to overcome a drug problem.

The boy had previously been spared a criminal conviction after he took part in a crime diversion programme. This came after he admitted in court last year that he made a petrol bomb for a “buzz” during an attack on a 78-year-old woman's home, in Ballymun, in north Dublin, in March 2010, when he was aged 14.

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