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Teen who brandished broken bottle locked up

Teen who brandished broken bottle locked up

A DUBLIN teenager, who brandished a broken glass bottle at a security guard, has opted for a custodial sentence.

The 17-year-old boy, who refused to engage with the Probation Service, pleaded guilty to producing the bottle as a weapon capable inflicting serious injury in connection with the incident on May 2 last at Tesco in Clarehall in north Dublin.

The Dublin Children's Court heard the teenager would not co-operate with the Probation Service whose intervention had been ordered at an earlier stage. He had also been warned the alternative would be a four-month sentence.

Judge John O'Connor noted that the teenager, who was accompanied to court by a family member, had refused to engage with the Probation Service during the adjournment period and he imposed a four-month sentence. 

The juvenile court is compelled to see probation reports ahead of sentencing and the service can give an assessment of the offender's likelihood of re-offending or make recommendations for measures to divert the youth from crime. It is also bound by leglislation to regard the use of detention as a last resort.