Curfew breaker locked up for six months

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A DUBLIN teenager, who repeatedly broke a court order to obey a curfew every night for six months after he pleaded guilty to stealing a car, has been detained for six months instead.

The boy, aged 17, was told in November by Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court that he was getting a “restriction of movement” order for six months.

The teenager was given the alternative to custody sentence after he had pleaded guilty to theft of the car from a residence at Aspen Road, in Kinsealy, in north Dublin on March 5th last. A pre-sentence probation report had been sought at an earlier stage and was furnished to the juvenile court.

In October, the teenager had failed to turn up to his hearing and a bench warrant was issued.

A Garda had cautioned him the night before to remind him about the hearing and “he gave the distinct impression that he would not be showing up".

On November 4th, Judge O'Connor ordered the boy to obey a 9.30pm to 7am curfew at his home address every night for the next six months.

The teenager, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was told he also had to continue attending an education course and a youth club.

He also had to meet a youth worker once a week to discuss the impact of cannabis use for the duration of the order which was to  remain in force until the May 3rd next year.

“The alternative is it comes back to me and there may be a custodial sentence,” the judge had warned the teen.

The case was re-entered today with Garda Lucy Woods telling the court the teenager had broken the order on 54 occasions. Judge O'Connor imposed the six-month term on the youth who gave no explanation for breaking the order.