Teen girl accused of robbing 84-year-old man’s car

Teen girl accused of robbing 84-year-old man’s car

A TEENAGE girl, who stole an 84-year-old man’s car, in Dublin has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

The 17-year-old girl appeared at the Dublin Children's Court where she has pleaded guilty to stealing a '13-reg car in the Swords area on Jan. 11 last. She was arrested in the early hours of the following morning.

Judge Alan Mitchell adjourned sentencing the west Dublin girl so gardai can check if the car owner wants to give a victim impact statement. The case resumes in July and an updated pre-sentence probation report on the teen will also be furnished to the court.

The girl had already missed two out of three appointments with her probation officer lately which she explained was due to family emergencies. “On one of them my dad was sick and on the other my dad got jumped on”, she said.

Adjourning sentencing, Judge Mitchell said, “hopefully there won’t be further emergencies”.

The court has imposed bail conditions banning her from north Co. Dublin areas past the airport. The teenager, who was accompanied to court by her father and her barrister, has also been ordered to obey a curfew.

A passenger in the pensioner’s stolen car was a repeat teen offender with a litany of convictions including motor theft who was sentenced to six months in a juvenile detention centre. The sentence was imposed by the Children’s Court in March when the serial offender admitted unlawfully travelling in the car and possessing stolen property.

The sentence was handed down after he had repeatedly failed to engage with the Probation Service despite his mother’s efforts to get him to attend his appointments.

Then presiding, Judge John O’Connor, had said the boy had a fabulous mother, he had been given so many opportunities by the court and he had been offered the full help of the State to come to terms with his offending.

The judge had also remarked that every day in the Children's Court he deals with young people with issues who do not have support, however, the teenager did not fall into that category and “you have made a choice”. The teenager has been given chances but had not changed, he had said.