Saturday 20 January 2018

Teen who stole smart phone given four month sentence

Tom Tuite

A YOUTH, who stole a woman's smart-phone while he was waiting sentence for a violent car hijacking of a pizza delivery man, was given a given a four-month sentence today.

The 17-year-old boy, who already had 34 prior criminal convictions, pleaded guilty at the Children's Court today to the theft which occurred at Parliament Street in Dublin city-centre on April 23 last. The west Dublin teenager also admitted that he had €20 worth of cannabis in his possession on April 3 last.

Garda Wayne Donnelly said the woman had been using her I-phone when the boy approached and “removed it from her hand”; she asked him to give it back but he refused and fled.

Judge Ann Ryan heard that on arrest the boy made admissions but the I-phone was not recovered.

Judge Ryan noted that the teen had a list of convictions fro assault, drug dealing, motoring and public order offences. At the time of the theft the boy had been awaiting sentence for hijacking a deliveryman's car. He later received sentences totalling 10 months for that an other offences.

Defence solicitor Adrian Lennon said the boy was bright but had been on drugs which led to the offences being committed. Last year, the teenager had spent several periods in and out of custody on remand.

He said the boy, who is due to be released in early 2013, has been told that “he is looking at a life in and out if he does not stop”.

Judge Ryan agreed that the boy was bright and noted that at one stage he was able to mount an appeal single-handed and without any legal assistance. When he did accept legal advice he dropped the appeal.

But the judge said “people are entitled to walk the streets of Dublin without being apprehended, assaulted and upset in that manner, apart from their property being taken.”

She imposed a four-month term and also ordered that he was to be under post release probation supervision. The boy was also warned that if he did not follow his probation officer's advice after his release, he would serve another four months.

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