Tuesday 20 March 2018

Teen who burgled law library office let off

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGE boy, who burgled a barrister's office in a section of the Law Library in Dublin, has been been spared a custodial sentence.

The 17-year-old had pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to the burglary which took place at the Distillery Building, on New Church St, on September 30 last.

He also admitted damaging windows at the same premises.

Judge Ann Ryan heard that the teen broke into the building and took a cheque worth about €1,100 from a lawyer's office and he also stole a laptop from another room in the same building.

The court has heard that the boy had been arrested at the scene and the stolen property was recovered.

Judge Ryan noted that the boy is making efforts to pay for the damage he caused in the break-in and that he has not come to further garda attention.

She applied the probation act sparing him a criminal conviction.

He had a drug problem since the age of 12 and at one point had been taken into care.

Judge Ryan was told that the boy, who has prior criminal convictions, is now taking part in a training course and trying to deal with his drug issues.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble told the court earlier that on occasions the teenager would leave his mother letters saying he was going to engage in self harm.

He said the teenager, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, has already been placed on supervised probation for other offences, and as a result of this he is “much more stable”.

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