Monday 16 September 2019

Teen who was caught in crashed stolen car after garda chase is remanded on bail pending sentence

Garda car. Stock picture
Garda car. Stock picture

Tom Tuite

A YOUTH has been remanded on bail pending sentence after he was caught in a crashed stolen car following a lengthy garda pursuit.

The boy, 17, pleaded guilty to travelling as a passenger in a stolen car on September 13, 2018. Garda Laura King told Judge Brendan Toale at Dublin Children’s Court that she had received a report of a break-in at a shop in Skerries.

Two youths were seen running from the shop.

A car then passed her at speed. “After a long pursuit by several units of gardai, the vehicle crashed some distance away in Rathmullan, near Drogheda,” said Garda King.

The boy, then aged 16, was a front-seat passenger in the car which had been stolen earlier.

The teen - who was accompanied to court by his mother - had 14 prior criminal convictions: two thefts, three burglaries, three knife possession charges, two breaches of the peace, one for being intoxicated in a public, one other motor-theft-connected charge and a drug-possession offence.

Judge Toale adjourned sentencing for the preparation of a probation report on the teen.

The boy’s barrister said the boy had previously served a sentence in the Oberstown Detention Centre and since his recent release he had a “significant turnaround”.

He was also making efforts to get on to an educational course.

The case resumes in October.

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