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Boy caught in school raid with gloves on

A TEENAGE boy, who was wearing plastic gloves and shoe covers when he was caught prowling in a national school in Dublin, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

The 16-year-old cannabis user pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to trespassing at St Vincent's National School, on North William Street, on April 6 last and he also admitted a breach of the peace charge.

Garda Mark Deasy told Judge Elizabeth MacGrath that the youth had been caught in a tool shed at the school while he was "wearing plastic gloves and shoe covers". He became aggressive to the garda, the court was also told.


Defence counsel Kate O'Toole said the boy had dropped out of school before he did the Junior Certificate and then realised he had made a mistake. He now wants to get back into education and has the support of his parents.

He had developed a cannabis problem which he is trying to overcome.

Judge MacGrath noted that the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his father, has already been ordered to work with the Probation Service to address his offending.

He is due back in court today for sentencing for stealing a smartphone worth €580, which occurred on October 10 last.

Judge MacGrath adjourned the boy's trespass case until today as well.