Sunday 19 May 2019

Teen apologises for burglary in which urn containing ashes of homeowner's late husband was disturbed

(stock photo)
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Declan Brennan

A teenager has apologised for his part in a house burglary during which an urn containing the ashes of the homeowner's late husband was disturbed.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that a number of youths broke into the house in south Dublin in February 2016. They made off with a camera and laptop which contained the last photos and videos of the widow and her husband together.

Garda Ian Cummins told Maddie Grant BL, prosecuting, that the woman made a number of public appeals for return of the items, including contacting the Ryan Tubridy show on RTE radio.

None of the stolen items were ever recovered. Gda Cummins said the woman told them that an urn carrying her husband's ashes had been disturbed and “gone through”.

She also said that the stolen equipment recorded “family memories that couldn't be replaced”.

The 16-year-old from Bray, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty to burglary of a house in Dalkey on February 29, 2016. The homeowner's husband had died around four months previously.

The teenager, who cannot be identified, told Judge Melanie Greally he didn't realise the effects of his behaviour at the time but he does realise it now. He said he was sorry for his actions.

He has previous convictions for robbery, criminal damage, public order offences and breaches of the road traffic act.

He has been in Oberstown children detention centre since last year and a number of records of courses completed by him were handed into court.

Judge Greally read these and said it was clear he is making “great progress” in his development. She adjourned the case to October 17 next.

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