Sunday 17 December 2017

Pregnant teenager who stole designer buggy advised to get back into education by Judge

TOM TUITE

A teenage girl, who stole a designer baby buggy weeks before she was due to give birth, has been spared a criminal conviction.

The 16-year-old girl pleaded guilty today to theft of a Phil and Ted sports buggy worth €500 from a house in Clonskeagh, in south Dublin, on February 23 last.



Garda Deirdre Geoghegan told Judge Ann Ryan at the Dublin Children's Court that she found the then pregnant teenager looking distressed as she was pushing the empty buggy at the UCD campus. “She said she had taken it from a house where it was left unattended,” the garda told the court adding that the teenage girl had no prior criminal convictions, had volunteered information after her arrest and that the buggy was returned to its owner.



The judge heard that the girl, who is from Romania, gave birth a few weeks later and hopes to return to school. Judge Ryan told her it was obviously the wrong thing to do but noted that the girl has no other charges pending.



The judge urged the teen's mother, who was present for the hearing, to support her and said to the girl that it was important for her to get back into education.



“I will try,” the teenager replied.



The judge applied the Probation Offenders Act sparing her a criminal conviction.

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