Friday 22 June 2018

Teen caught napping in car after breaking into it, court hears

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Tom Tuite

A Dublin youth was caught sleeping with his girlfriend in the back of a car after it was broken into, a court has heard.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court to a charge under the Road Traffic Act for getting into a car without the owner’s permission.

Judge John King heard that on a date earlier this year gardai received a report about youths breaking into his car in south Dublin. The teen was found asleep in the back with his girlfriend, the court was told.

The car was undamaged, Judge King was told.

Sentencing was adjourned for a probation report to be prepared.

He noted the teen had prior convictions but had been co-operative on arrest. He was recently released from a sentence.

Defence counsel Gillian Finnane told the court that the teenager had issues and had gone through a turbulent period but has been getting help and has stabilised.

He is also attending addiction services.

His mother, who was present for the hearing, was very happy with his behaviour now, the barrister said. The teenager was also apologetic for the distress he caused, the judge was told.

Judge King noted that this case had been delayed as a result of procedures which require all cases against minors to be referred the Garda Juvenile Liasion section before charges can be brought.

Sentencing was adjourned for a probation report to be furnished to the court.

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