Teenager nicked three tablets from city-centre McDonalds

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The tablets were in display units for customers' use
The tablets were in display units for customers' use

A TEENAGER found guilty of stealing three tablet computers from a McDonald's takeaway on Dublin's Grafton Street has been given a three-month suspended sentence.

The tablets were in display units for customers' use but CCTV showed three youths breaking them out of their housing and leaving with them.

The theft occurred on Feb. 9 last year, the Dublin Children's Court was told. The three youths were wearing tracksuits and baseball caps.

Garda Niall Murray said that he later viewed the CCTV and recognised the 16-year-old boy having seen him around the city-centre south-side on other occasions.

In evidence the boy, who was accompanied to court by his father, denied that he was one of the thieves and had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

His solicitor argued that the only evidence was the CCTV footage. The clip of the person alleged to have been her client did not have any distinguishing features, the solicitor argued.

But Judge John O'Connor said he was satisfied with the identification evidence of Garda Murray. The boy had no prior criminal convictions and a probation report on him was furnished to the court.

Judge John O'Connor imposed a three-month term but suspended it on condition he does not re-offend in the next six months.