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Teen stole a full Garda uniform during spate of robberies

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
he stole an official garda uniform including boots, trousers, shirt, epaulettes, tie and tie-pin from an unmarked car at Spa Road in Dublin
he stole an official garda uniform including boots, trousers, shirt, epaulettes, tie and tie-pin from an unmarked car at Spa Road in Dublin

A TEENAGE boy, who stole a garda's uniform during a spate of petty thefts, has been detained for two months.

The 15-year-old pleaded guilty to a litany of offences most of which were committed in the Dublin 8 and Dublin 12 parts of the city. The teen who had repeatedly broken bail terms had been in custody on remand, pending sentencing, since April.

Judge John O'Connor imposed a two-month custodial sentence on the boy who was accompanied to court by his mother and his solicitor. He also ordered that he would remain supervised by the Probation Service for 12 months.

The teen had pleaded guilty to 24 charges. The court heard he was caught unlawfully entering Our Lady of Lourdes primary school in Dublin 8 on Nov. 7 last and had been trespassing at a parochial house on Bulfin Road on Jan. 9 last while in possession of a screwdriver for use in a theft.

On January 3 he stole an official garda including boots, trousers, shirt, epaulettes, tie and tie-pin from an unmarked car at Spa Road in Dublin.

He had 11 charges for thefts of groceries and alcoholic drinks, worth about €380, along with two butcher's knives and a €300 drill from a Spar shop in south Dublin on dates from May 2015 until March this year.

He also had a charge for handling a stolen tray of beer, worth €73, which had been taken from the shop. 

On Dec. 21 last he caused criminal damage to a car window; on April 22 when he was remanded in custody, he was found in possession of €10 of cannabis at the Children's Court; he also admitted trespassing in a manner likely to cause fear at a creche in Goldenbridge in November and he was caught trespassing at an ESB premises at Kylemore Road in March.

He assaulted a woman during an attempt to rob her on Nov. 1 last in Inchicore and he was found unlawfully possessing a blade as a weapon at his home address on a date in February. He took part in a house burglary on Dec. 16 last and on the same date unlawfully tried to get into a motor vehicle. The court heard that during this incident garda had detected him at a car and he fled into back gardens at Tyrconnell Road where tried to kick in the back door of a house.

The court which was furnished with a probation report was told the teen had no prior criminal convictions. The court also heard that since his bail was revoked in April he had been doing well in custody