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Teen given one month in jail for burglary

Teen given one month in jail for burglary

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been given a one-month sentence for stealing €4,500 during a burglary in Dublin.

Judge John O'Connor finalised the case today when an updated pre-sentence probation report on the youth was furnished to the Dublin Children's Court.

The teenager, who has been in voluntary care, pleaded guilty to burglary at a barbers in Swords on a date earlier this year. The court heard he broke in to the shop twice in the same day.

First he took money from a till but later returned and forced his way into into the office where he found the safe. He was identified after gardai obtained video evidence from security cameras.

The youth was warned earlier that he would get a custodial sentence if he broke his bail conditions which he had done before. The court heard he made some admissions but disputed the amount taken and has no prior criminal convictions. A negative probation report on the youth was furnished.

He has already had a stint in custody on remand in Oberstown detention centre and the court had heard he behaved well and engaged with the staff there.

A solicitor for Tusla had told the court the boy had complex needs and required stability. Previously, the teen had done well while on remand in Oberstown and going home was not in his best interests and his mother was worried about him, the court had heard.

Some of his problems related to his peers and he needed to refrain from drug taking but the court also heard he had emotional and language issues.

The teen's social worker had said that the boy went into voluntary care last year. His first placement worked well until another youth was sent there and the boy's behaviour then disimproved. He was sent to a unit in the midlands and after that another one in Dublin. The social worker was of the view that the teenager was more at risk then and he ran away from care in July and August.

The court heard the teen already has a pro-criminal peer group. His mother loves him and all her children but struggles to manage, the social worker explained.