Monday 18 December 2017

Teens behind fire were 'out of control'

Paddy Clancy

THREE teenagers who piled up furniture and set it alight in a gate lodge house caused €60,000 damage.

One of them, a girl who was 15 at the time, now has a nine-month-old baby girl, Donegal Circuit Court was told yesterday.

The girl, who cannot be identified because of her age, and a young man, Edgar Kearns (20), admitted arson at Gate Lodge, Hall Demesne, Mountcharles, Co Donegal, on March 8, 2008.

Another teenage girl, also too young to be named, has been dealt with by an earlier court.

Judge John O'Hagan said it was a "very serous" offence with a life sentence the maximum penalty. "Three young people with time on their hands considered they controlled the world and the world was not a place they liked to be in and they wanted to show the world they could control it," he said.

The youngsters were an out-of-control group who were drinking and there were probably other substances involved, he said. They broke a window to gain access to the holiday home.

Kearns, of Millrace Crescent, Donegal town, was sentenced to two years, suspended on condition that he do 150 hours' community service. Because of conditions that apply under the Children's Act, Judge O'Hagan put the girl's case back until Friday when he will hear from the Probation Service.

Irish Independent

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