Sunday 8 December 2019

Teenager grabs takeaway, eats it and refuses to pay, court told

Sonya McLean

A TALLAGHT teenager has been remanded in custody until Thursday after a judge told him the "court has run out of rope and generosity".

Daniel Wall (19) of Greenhills Grove grabbed a Chinese takeaway from a delivery man, ate it in front of the man and refused to pay for it.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring noted from Wall’s many previous convictions from the Children Court that he had been given both probation bonds and suspended sentences for his offending behaviour in the past.

“The court has run out of rope as far as I am concerned, run out of generosity”, Judge Ring said before she remanded Wall in custody until later in the week, “because I need time to think about it”.

Wall pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft of the takeaway, worth €18, at Greenhills Grove on May 19, 2011. His previous convictions included burglary, drink driving and public order.

Garda David Morris told Úna Tighe BL, prosecuting, that as the delivery man drove into the estate a yellow van was blocking the road so he pulled in and took the takeaway out to deliver it.

He was then approached by Wall who grabbed the food and was very aggressive towards him. The man felt scared for his safety but asked Wall for the money.

Wall refused to give it and told the man to “go away” before he got into the yellow van and started eating the food.

Gda Morris said the delivery man then called to the house where the food was supposed to be delivered to in the hope of getting some assistance but they didn’t help. The garda confirmed that these people were Wall’s cousins.

The delivery man again tried to get the money from Wall as he passed him in the van but Wall threatened to kill him with “a f**king knife”.

The victim ran away and alerted the gardai. Wall was arrested minutes later and made admissions.

Gda Morris told Keith Spencer BL, defending, he was not aware that two of Wall’s brothers had died recently in tragic circumstances.

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