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Teen stole bike parts to help fund debs night

A teenager who stole bicycle parts to fund his invitation to a debs ball has been spared a criminal record.

Garda Richard Browne told Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court that the theft happened at an apartment building in Inchicore on September 8, 2011.

The 17-year-old boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, admitted stealing a saddle and lighting accessories worth €65.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the theft was "used to fund a debs he had been invited to".

The youth, who has no prior criminal convictions, brought compensation in full to court and was apologetic.

"I don't want to see you in this court any more," said the judge, before striking out the case.

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