Dublin teen drove dune buggy down busy public road

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Dublin teen drove dune buggy down busy public road

A DUBLIN youth is awaiting sentence after he was caught driving a dune buggy on a public road.

Garda Liam Mangan told Judge John O'Connor that he stopped the youth for driving offences on a road in Ballymun in north Dublin, on a date last August. The teen then pushed the vehicle home.

The 16-year-old pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to driving without insurance, road tax and a licence.

The boy, who has no previous criminal convictions, also admitted stealing €200 worth of cosmetics from a shop in September.

Defence solicitor John Quinn said the teen is in education and wants to sit the Leaving Certificate.

However, the teen was not suited to a crime diversion programme which can leave a first-time offender with a clean record after completing a series of restorative justice activities over several months.

Judge O'Connor remanded the boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, on bail pending sentence in April. A probation report on the youth was sought.