Saturday 20 January 2018

Teen boy who terrorised couple admits burglary on same day

Tom Tuite

A DUBLIN teenager has admitted taking part in a burglary which happened on the same day he and a knife armed gang terrorised a young couple after forcing entry into their home.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to burglary at a house at Clonturk Gardens, Drumcondra, which occurred on April 27 last year. He was also admitted possession of a stolen sat-nav system and a hybrid bicycle on the same date.

Judge William Early adjourned sentencing the teenager for these offences until a date in September for a probation report on him to be furnished to the court.

The teenager, who has 30 criminal convictions and was taken into care in 2007, had already been given a six-year term at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for another more serious incident which happened on the same date, at Botanic Avenue, in Glasnevin.

That sentence was handed down on March 29 last after he admitted his role in a gang's terrifying aggravated burglary of the house of a young man, a student in his early twenties who, along with his girlfriend, was left traumatised.

Three members of the gang brought the young man out at knife-point and forced him to withdraw money from ATMs. They told him that two other teenagers who remained in the house with his girlfriend would rape her if he did not obey them.

That terrifying incident led him quitting college and the end of his relationship with the young woman who was held in the house with two youths.

Another youth, who falsely imprisoned her in the flat and threatened to stab while holding a knife, was also sentenced to five years' detention in March.

A 16-year-old boy, who also stayed in the house with her, as her then boyfriend was brought away at knife-point, is to be sentenced in September for his role in the burglary

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