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Teen joyrider who cursed at judge and refused to go to court remanded in custody

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Teen joyrider who cursed at judge and refused to go to court remanded in custody

A 14-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy has been remanded in custody pending sentence after he pleaded guilty to stealing a car which was written off in a crash.

Judge John O'Connor adjourned sentencing for a probation report on the teenager to be furnished to the Dublin Children's Court.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone confirmed that the boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was pleading guilty to all his charges.

Behavioural and educational assessments of the teenager were already carried out when he was held in a juvenile detention centre at a previous stage.

He had also missed one court hearing because he refused to get out of bed.

The Director of Pubic Prosecutions decided that despite the boy's young age the stolen car case will go on and the necessary “special direction” was given to the Dublin Children's Court.

The boy is charged with stealing a car on an afternoon in July last year. He also faces a connected charge for dangerously driving the car which was allegedly damaged beyond repair when it crashed into a wall.

He had made no reply when the charges were originally put to him.

The juvenile court has heard other cars had to take evasive action during the boy's drive and the stolen car was “written off”.

He also faces other charges for trespassing on a business premises and unlawfully attempting to get into a Garda vehicle on October 28 last.

He has also admitted making a threat to a woman that he would damage her phone on October 15 last as well as criminal damage to a car window on the same date.

Guilty pleas were also entered to charges for stealing €7 of groceries on a date last May and trespassing at an underground car park and stealing a pair of runners from a vehicle on October 25 last.

Today the teenager indicated that he was not interested in engaging with the Probation Service which will furnish the court with a pre-sentence report next month. A probation report has to be sought in cases of juveniles before the court can proceed to sentencing.

At one previous court hearing he had refused to take down his hood despite being asked by the judge and his mother to do as he was told.

“Yeah? F**k it, f**k you,” the boy had shouted along with, “I'm leaving the hood up, don't get me started”.

“Sentence me, I don't care, I don't give a f**k any more, this is b******s that's what it is,” he had said.

When further warned by the judge, the teenager had shouted:

“I don't give a f**king b*****s, give me two years if you want”. 

As a condition of bail he had been ordered to obey a curfew, to stay out of parts of Dublin's south west inner city and he had been banned from having contact with several other named individuals.

However, he broke the condition restricting his movements.