Tuesday 16 January 2018

Teen begs for jail 'to sort his head out'

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGE thief who "scrambled" his brains by using cannabis has pleaded with a judge to lock him up.

The 17-year-old boy, who had 37 prior convictions, asked Judge Clare Leonard to jail him for three months at the Dublin Children's Court.

During the case, the judge agreed with the boy that cannabis was not what he described as a "major drug" but she said the teen's brain was "scrambled" by using it and that was one of the side effects.

The boy claimed he needed three months in custody to "sort my head out". He pleaded guilty to stealing a laptop computer worth €500 from Tesco's Clearwater branch, in Finglas in Dublin, on May 9 last year.

The teen, who normally comes to court with a grandparent, with whom he resides, arrived at his hearing unaccompanied. Immediately, he said "bang me up for three months, that will sort my head out".

The judge queried whether the teen was in a fit enough condition for his case and said that the boy had a drug problem, specifically a history of cannabis use. The boy was remanded in custody.

Irish Independent

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