Sunday 17 November 2019

Warrant issued for arrest of teen facing sentence for stealing bikes from Google HQ

Google's Dublin offices
Google's Dublin offices

Tom Tuite

A judge has ordered the arrest of a teenager who is facing an eight-month sentence for stealing bicycles from the Google HQ in Dublin.

The 16-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to trespassing and stealing two bikes, each worth €400, from the Google building at Barrow Street, in Dublin 4, on Dec. 1 last.

However he failed to turn up to his sentence hearing at Dublin Children’s Court on Tuesday resulting in a bench warrant being issued for his arrest.

He has also pleaded guilty to stealing a moped worth €2,300 from Blackhall apartments, in Dublin, interfering with another vehicle and damaging a gate at the same location and on the same date.

In May the judge noted that the teenager has been offered a place on a training course but he had also missed an appointment with his probation officer.

The judge also noted that previously the teenager had expressed no empathy for his victims and had anti-social views on an anonymous informant who had tipped off gardai about him.

Judge O’Connor noted from a probation report that the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, “sees himself as a victim” and also has anti-authority views about the role of gardai.

In May, the defence counsel had said that the teenager is fully willing to engage with the Probation Service. The teenager was aware he is at risk of going into custody but the court was asked to note he is going to take up the training course place offered to him.

The barrister had pleaded with the court to give the youth a final opportunity to prove himself.

Judge O’Connor had warned the youth, who was accompanied to his previous court hearing by his mother, that he will get an eight-month sentence if the next report is not positive.

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