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Dublin teen pleads guilty to role in €15k act of vandalism at station

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Fonthill Train Station
Fonthill Train Station

A west Dublin youth, who led gardai on a chase and helped cause €15,000 worth of damage at a Dublin train station, has been given a three-month sentence.

The 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to trespassing and causing criminal damage to shutter doors, carpets, a fire extinguisher, a security door, a ceiling, a door access panel and a ticket vending machine at Fonthill train station on October 28, 2015.

The court heard three teens broke into the station and caused the damage. They were trying to climb out the roof when they were caught by gardai.

The west Dublin teen, who cannot be named because he is a juvenile, also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving by speeding in a stolen car at the Fonthill Road and Nangor Road in Dublin and not paying for €20 worth of petrol at garage in Newcastle, Co. Dublin, on January 5 last. He also admitted theft of the car which was taken in Co. Kildare earlier on that date.

The youth, who was accompanied to court by his lawyer and family members, had been held in custody on remand since his latest arrest in January. A probation report on the teen, who has prior convictions, was furnished to the court.

Sentencing the teen, Judge John O'Connor imposed a four-year road ban and a six-month detention supervision order. The youth must serve a three-month sentence followed by three months' post-release supervised probation.