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Teen trashed centre in €5k vandal spree

A TEENAGER who trashed a community centre causing nearly €5,000 worth of damage has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Wayne Judge (19) and two of his friends gained access to the Ballymun Recreational Centre through the roof.

The defendant smashed up windows and doors, as well as three laptops, during the burglary, causing €4,997 of damage.

Judge Brian Sheridan sentenced Judge to six months in prison and also activated a suspended sentence for an earlier burglary charge.

The defendant, of Shangan Green in Ballymun, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of burglary and criminal damage at Silloge Road, Ballymun on June 23 last.

Garda Niall Minnock said he was on mobile patrol shortly before 1am when the alarm was raised that three males were on the roof of the centre.

The garda said Judge and his friends destroyed three laptops, worth over €3,000, as well as the barrels and locks on five doors, a colour printer, a filing cabinet and three windows.

Gda Minnock said the whole incident was captured on CCTV.

The court heard that Judge has 51 previous convictions, and was serving a 60-day suspended sentence at the time of the incident.



Addiction

Defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly said Judge left school without any formal exams but completed his Junior Certificate while he was in custody.

Ms McEvilly said the defendant has an alcohol problem, and an addiction to both prescription and illegal drugs.

She said Judge knew he wasgoing to jail, and hoped to deal with his addiction while in custody.

Judge Sheridanalso imposed a further consecutive sentence of six months.


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