Tuesday 23 January 2018

Gardai hunt 16-year-old girl who admitted stealing after ‘honey-trap’ sex offer

Tom Tuite

A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a 16-year-old girl awaiting sentence for stealing from a man who was offered sex during a "honey-trap" style theft.

The young mother-of-one had pleaded guilty last month at the Dublin Children's Court to two theft charges and she has also admitted a begging offence. The girl, who is from Romania, had been accompanied to her hearing in November by her mother when she pleaded guilty. Her case had been adjourned for a pre-sentence probation report to be prepared.

However, she did not turn up for her sentencing hearing and Judge Ann Ryan was told that the girl may have left the country since she pleaded guilty to the offence.

Judge Ryan issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

Earlier, Garda Fiona Deevy had told Judge Ryan that at Blooms Lane in central Dublin, a man had come out of a pub and was approached by two females including the girl.

The man was hugged and enticed down a lane with an offer of sex and had €40, a gold necklace and his mobile phone stolen.

The court heard that the girl was involved in a similarly styled theft at Smock Alley, Dublin 2, on July 29 last, where another man had his iPhone stolen.

Defence counsel Aoife McNickle had said it was worrying that the girl, who has no prior criminal convictions, has come before the court at such a young age for this kind of offence.

The girl is also awaiting trial for an attempted theft, which allegedly took place at Fade Street, in Dublin city-centre's south-side, on a date in August.

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