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Teen blames spiked drink in crime spree

A boy (16) believes that drink spiked with drugs resulted in him taking part in a mini crime-wave.

However, the teen pleaded guilty to theft, trespass, obstruction of a garda and criminal damage offences.

The Children's Court heard that the offences occurred at a north Dublin business park on July 17.

Garda Garvan Lennon told Judge Bryan Smyth that the teen trespassed at three premises at the Poppentree Industrial Estate in north Dublin.

He said the boy had been confronted by staff at the Kerry Foods premises and fled, and earlier that day, he had stolen a bicycle from the same location.

The youth then went to another part of the industrial estate, where he caused criminal damage to a motorcycle, the court heard.

He was chased from the area by a security guard, but went to another business and used bolt-cutters to cut through a fence, causing about €500-worth of damage.

Intoxicated

Garda Lennon said he arrested the teen after he spotted him fleeing from the scene and the defendant, who "wrestled with me and had to be restrained, was highly intoxicated".

Judge Smyth noted that the teen had caused €270-worth of damages to the motorcycle and its lock, and further damages to the fence.

He also heard that the boy had four convictions for public order offences, including trespassing.

The defence counsel said the boy wanted to take responsibility for his actions, but asked the court to note that the teen and his family were of limited means.

Counsel told the court that the boy had been drinking the night before, but when he awoke the next morning he was "not feeling himself".

The teen suspected that "drugs may have been involved and sparked this spree".

The defence also submitted that a family bereavement had been the cause of the boy's turn to criminality.

Judge Smyth remanded the boy on bail to appear again later this month for a pre-sentence probation report to be obtained and for compensation proposals.

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