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Woman driven from her home by schoolboy’s burglary

A BURGLARY committed by a 14-year-old schoolboy drove a young woman from her home, a court has been told.

The teenager pleaded guilty today to a break-in at the woman's former home, on Eugene Street in Dublin 8 on July 22 last.

Judge Ann Ryan heard at the Dublin Children's Court that the boy “jumped over a back wall and broke into a garden shed, he said he was looking for tools so he could break into the house”.

The young boy, who comes from north Dublin, then “broke the back door but did not gain entry”.

The occupier, who is in her twenties, later moved out as a result of this incident.

Judge Ryan was told that the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, has no prior criminal convictions but has other charges before the court next month for which he is to be sentenced.

The court was told he is being supervised by the probation service and a pre-sentence report on him has already been sought.

Judge Ryan remanded the boy on continuing bail to appear again for sentencing and for the report to be furnished on October 17.