A DUBLIN youth has been given a custodial sentence for a litany of car theft and burglary offences which were described as taking place during "six months of madness".
The 17-year-old boy's distraught mother wept in court as the six-month term was imposed at the Dublin Children's Court which was told the youth had been "heavily involved in the taking of tablets" at the time of his crime spree.
The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced six motor-theft related charges as well as charges for unlawfully getting into a vehicle, burglary, trespassing, possessing weapons, criminal damage and failing to stop for gardai.
Garda David Cronin told the Dublin Children's Court that on October 4 last year the teenager had been driving a car with which he was "doing doughnuts" in the middle of a road in west Dublin.
Gardai signalled him to stop and he "drove against us". After a pursuit he and three other teenagers fled from the car.
On September 29 he was a passenger in a Toyota Corolla which was stolen in Palmerstown, Dublin and was eventually stopped in Co Westmeath.
On July 16 last year he left his fingerprints in a car that was broken into on the Blackditch Road in Dublin. He hot-wired another car at Parkwest Avenue, Dublin, on May 19 last year.
Garda Michael McNulty gave evidence that the teenager was involved in two separate offences on October 22. He trespassed at a Ballyfermot school where he threatened a caretaker and that night he was in a stolen car that led gardai on a chase.
On July 9 last year he was arrested in Dublin city centre after he was spotted brandishing a knife, and he also had a Stanley blade hidden in the waistband of his underwear.
The judge said there did not seem to be any great level of remorse. He will remain under supervision of the Probation Service for six months after his sentence ends.