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Teens to be sentenced for south Dublin distraction robbery of partially-blind woman (88)

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Pair will be sentenced next year
Pair will be sentenced next year

TWO youths will be sentenced next year for a “distraction burglary” at the south Dublin home of an 88-year-old partially blind woman.

A teenage boy was spotted by an off-duty garda sneaking inside the pensioner's home after she let his accomplice into her garden to look for a ball, the Dublin Children's Court was told.

A 17-year-old boy and another youth, now aged 18, had pleaded guilty to the burglary at the woman's Terenure home on the afternoon of July 9 last year. The court has heard the pair planned to carry out distraction burglaries to get money to go shopping.

Pre-sentence probation reports on the pair were furnished to the court. However, Judge John O'Connor granted an adjournment until a date in January for updated reports on their co-operation with the Probation Service.

Earlier, Garda John Wynne had said the older youth approached the woman's front door and rang the door bell. When she answered " he told her he lived around the corner and that he had kicked a ball into her garden”.

He asked if he could get his ball back and the elderly woman accompanied him to her garden.

Meanwhile the younger defendant, then aged 16, entered her driveway and was spotted by an off duty garda as he went inside and headed upstairs.

The court heard the youth made his way to an upstairs bedroom where he was seen by the elderly woman's son. He then left and escaped while the accomplice was detained by the garda. No property was taken during the burglary.

The court has been told that the younger boy had no prior criminal convictions, is in school and has not come to garda attention since. He was co-operative when he was interviewed and the court heard that the elderly woman had been unaware of what was happening.