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Teen walks free after stealing €1,400 tools

A TEENAGER was caught carrying away €1,400 worth of tools after breaking into a workshop at the back of a house.

Joseph French (19) was sentenced to four months in jail, suspended for one year.

French admitted he had problems with drink and drugs in the past but claimed that he had been staying out of trouble.

Judge Patrick McMahon sentenced him to four months in prison suspended for one year, and warned him he faces going to jail if he gets into trouble in the next 12 months.


French, of Neilstown Park, Clondalkin, was before Blanchardstown District Court for sentencing after a judge ordered a probation report.

He had admitted charges of burglary and criminal damage at Cherrywood Park in Clondalkin on March 8.

Garda Ronan McDermott said French and an accomplice smashed a window, causing €100 worth of damage, and broke into the workshop at the back of the house.

He stole work tools valued at €1,450 and also damaged a green Bosch sand saw and consaw, worth a total of €450.

Garda McDermott said French was stopped a short distance away, at Cherrywood Villas, and €1,100 worth of the stolen tools were recovered.

French also admitted to joyriding in a stolen Nissan Micra, at Corkagh Park, Clondalkin on May 16 last.

The court heard he has 30 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.


Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said French is working with the Tower Project in Clondalkin and hopes also to link in with FAS.

He has casual work as a bricklayer with his uncle and his family is supporting his efforts to stay sober.

Judge McMahon said he believed a suspended sentence was appropriate.

He sentenced French to four months' detention and suspended the sentence for one year.