Dublin youth drove stolen car across green before crashing into tree during garda chase

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Dublin youth drove stolen car across green before crashing into tree during garda chase

A DUBLIN youth, who drove a stolen car across a green and crashed into a tree in a bid to escape from gardai, has been put off the road for four years.

The 16-year-old repeat offender was banned from driving for four years at the Dublin Children's Court  by Judge John O'Connor who spared him a custodial sentence subject to strict conditions.

He noted that there have been efforts to place the youth in care for his own protection. 

The boy pleaded guilty to stealing a Nissan Micra from Foxborough Green in Lucan in Dublin on Jan. 5 last. He also admitted stealing a Honda Civic from Kennelsfort Road, in Palmerstown in Dublin, dangerous driving and having no licence on April 26 last.

The court heard that the first car was recovered undamaged in Co. Kildare and the teenager was identified from CCTV footage.

Garda Gerard Reynolds said that during the second incident the boy stole a Honda Civic and “crossed onto the wrong side of the road and in trying to evade gardai went across a green and crashed into a tree”.

The teenager had 19 prior criminal convictions for thefts, motor theft and other driving offences as well as trespassing and public order offences.

He has already been banned from driving for two years.

The teenager and a sibling are currently cared for by extended family members. However, his social worker said there were fears the youth was "not safe in the community".

Efforts are being made to place him in care in a residential facility outside Dublin have been successful.

Judge O'Connor had been told it was hoped that once placed there he can work toward achieving a number of goals in relation to education, health and personal development.

Judge O'Connor warned the youth that the alternative would be a custodial sentence if he did not co-operate with social workers. 

The teen was handed a 12-month probation bond. He must stay out of trouble and continue to engage with his probation officer guidance to help diver him from re-offending, otherwise the case could be brought back to court and he could be detained.

The teenager was also ordered to pay compensation for a €350 bicycle he stole, an offence which Judge O'Connor said was linked to the youth's drug-taking.