Teen “who sees himself as the victim” faces spell behind bars for bike thefts

Teen “who sees himself as the victim” faces spell behind bars for bike thefts

A TEENAGE thief, “who sees himself as the victim” is facing an eight-month sentence after he admitted stealing bicycles from the Google HQ in Dublin and other petty crimes.

The 16-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to trespassing and taking two bikes, each worth €400, from the Google building at Barrow Street, in Dublin 4, on Dec. 1 last.

He has also pleaded guilty to stealing a moped worth €2,300 from Blackhall apartments, in Dublin 7 as well as interfering with another vehicle and damaging a gate at the same location and on the same date.

He appeared at the Dublin Children’s Court on Tuesday when a pre-sentence probation report was furnished to Judge John O’Connor.

The judge noted that the teenager has been offered a place on a training course but he had also missed an appointment with his probation officer.

The judge also noted that previously the teenager had expressed no empathy for his victims and had anti-social views on an anonymous informant who had tipped off gardai about him.

Judge O’Connor noted from a probation report that the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, “sees himself as a victim” and also has anti-authority views in relation to the role of gardai.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone said that the teenager is now fully willing to engage with the Probation Service. He said that the teenager is aware he is at risk of going into custody but he asked the court to note he is going to take up the training course place offered to him.

The barrister pleaded with the court to give the youth a final opportunity to prove himself.

Judge O’Connor adjourned the case until a date in May and warned the youth, who was accompanied to court by his mother, that he will get an eight-month sentence if the next report is not positive.