Sunday 25 February 2018

Teen to stand trial for stealing €35,000 BMW following letterbox fishing burglary

Tom Tuite

A YOUTH is to stand trial for stealing a €35,000 BMW following a letterbox fishing burglary at a house in south Co. Dublin.

The 17-year-old boy has been charged at the Dublin Children's Court with burglary and motor theft at Woodstown Way in Knocklyon, in the early hours of May 5 last. It is also alleged that about ten days later, he was arrested at his west Dublin home and was in possession of stolen property, including a purse, a laptop computer and a sat-nav system.

In an outline of the evidence to determine jurisdiction Rathfarnham Garda Maria Dennison had Judge John O'Connor that “a bamboo pole was put though the letterbox” and keys for a '08-reg five series BMW car were “fished out”.

The BMW, which was worth between €25,000 and €35,000, was stolen and has not been recovered.

Gda Dennison had said that CCTV footage showed the boy approaching the house with the pole and then taking the car.

When his home was later searched the purse, laptop and sat-nav system, which were stolen in separate incidents, were recovered.

The boy's lawyer had pleaded with the judge to accept jurisdiction saying the teenager, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, is now taking part in an educational course.

However, Judge O'Connor had held that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the juvenile court which, on conviction, could have detained the teenager for up to two years. He held that the boy's case should be dealt with in the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

Yesterday (TUE), the youth was served with a book of evidence and Judge O'Connor made an order sending him forward for trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where, on December 20, he will face his next hearing.

The youth, who has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charges, was remanded on continuing bail.

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