Teen who smashed up mother's TV gets suspended sentence
A DUBLIN teenager, who got into a rage and smashed his fist through his mother's flat-screen television, has been given a six-month suspended sentence.
The 16-year-old boy was told by Judge Ann Ryan at the Dublin Children's Court that the sentence would stay hanging over him for the next year and could be activated if he breaks his mother's house rules or gives her “grief”.
The inner city Dublin boy had been refused bail earlier and had spent several weeks in custody on remand after he was accused of criminal damage to his mother's 42-inch TV worth about €1,500 at their home on a date in January.
He later pleaded guilty and a judge had sought a probation report and had ordered that he should get anger-management counselling in custody ahead of his sentencing.
The case resumed today and defence solicitor Michelle Finan told Judge Ryan that the boy's mother was now prepared to give him a chance and take him home. The teenager was sorry and optimistic that he would stay out of trouble.
Judge Ryan described a welfare report on the boys as “very mixed” but said she was going to finalise the case.
His mother said her son, who had got good results in the Junior Certificate, now needed to get into a training course, and the youngster agreed with that, Judge Ryan heard.
She imposed the sentence but suspended it on condition that he goes to counselling for drug abuse and gets onto a training course. The judge also specified that the boy must obey his mother's house rules and give her “no more grief” otherwise, she warned, he will be brought back to court and the sentence would be activated.
The teenager thanked the judge for giving him the chance and promised to comply with all the conditions.
The boy had also been convicted of two public order offences including one where he shouted verbal abuse at gardaí in a threatening manner.
When charged with smashing up his mother's TV he had replied: “I told her a number of times I will buy her a new one, the money is there.”
The teenager has eight prior criminal convictions including assault and criminal damage and had already been detained for six months in 2011.
A garda was called to the teenager's home and met his mother in a “distressed state”. Garda Joanne Miles took a report that the boy “had put his fist through his mother's flat-screen television and it shattered”.
Gda Miles said the TV was “destroyed and its flat-screen was “smashed on the ground”.