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Boy walks free after terrifying woman during break-in

A 15-year-old boy who tried to break-into a woman's home and left her too afraid to continue living there has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

The boy had previously spent four weeks in custody on remand in a juvenile detention centre where psychiatric and educational assessments of him were carried out.

This led to a number of recommendations which were incorporated into a two-year probation supervision order imposed by the Dublin Children's Court in January.


Judge Ann Ryan heard yesterday that the teenager, who has educational problems and a history of substance abuse, refused to accept the help offered under the terms of the probation order.

She imposed a six-month sentence, but suspended it condition that the boy does not reoffend for the next six months.

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

He took tools from a garden shed and broke the back door. The occupier, who is in her 20s, "was very distressed and since moved out", the court has heard.