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Boy (15) burglar terrified mother out of her house, court hears

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Gardai told the juvenile court that the boy entered the home of a mother-of-two after he spotted a key had been left in the front door
Gardai told the juvenile court that the boy entered the home of a mother-of-two after he spotted a key had been left in the front door

A 15-YEAR-OLD burglar, who terrified a woman out of her own home, has been remanded in custody pending sentence.

The boy was found living in a tent when he was arrested over a theft spree.

The teen was located by a stolen phone's tracker app, the Dublin Children's Court heard

The boy has pleaded guilty to theft and burglary charges and was remanded in custody to appear again on June 25 when a pre-sentence probation report and a victim impact statement will be furnished to Judge John O'Connor.

Garda John O'Reilly told the juvenile court that on the night of September 6 last year, the boy entered the home of a mother-of-two, in Bray, Co. Wicklow after he spotted a key had been left in the front door.

She and her two young children remained asleep as he stole a laptop from the kitchen and then went to the woman's bedroom where he took an Ipod while she slept.

The court was told the woman and her children remained asleep and did not notice anything was taken until the morning. The woman, a foreign national, moved out after the burglary and Judge O'Connor said the teenager had caused havoc. “To terrify a woman out of her own is very serious indeed,” he said.

A week after that burglary, the boy stole a camera worth €200 from a car, and on September 16 he stole an Ipad from another vehicle, it was alleged.

During the previous night he stole a laptop, headphones and an Ipod from another car in the Bray area.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone told Judge John O'Connor that the boy been badly affected by a tragic family bereavement. The boy started coming to Garda attention last year after he quit school. “When gardai found him he had the property on him, he was living in a tent, at the back of a garage," the court has been told.

The Child and Family Agency was also represented at the case.

All the stolen property was recovered and he was located by a phone app which led gardai to his location, the judge was told.

The court heard the boy was co-operative with gardai and Judge O'Connor was asked by the defence to note that the offences were opportunistic. Mr McKeone also said the teenager is remorseful and following tragic events in his life had become involved with older people who were known to gardai.