Two boys (17) plead guilty to theft of antique worth €2,300 at Gormley's Fine Arts

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The pair, who cannot be named, will be sentenced at the Dublin Children's Court
The pair, who cannot be named, will be sentenced at the Dublin Children's Court

TWO YOUTHS, who stole an antique statue during a theft spree in Dublin city-centre, have been remanded on bail pending sentence.

The 17-year-old boys have pleaded guilty to theft of a bronze and granite statue valued €2,300 from Gormley's Fine Arts at South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, on February 21 last.

The pair, who cannot be named because they are juveniles, will be sentenced at the Dublin Children's Court in May after Judge John O'Connor ordered a probation report to be prepared. He said, “it is coming across that there is some professional theft going on”, adding that this was an aggravating factor in their case.

They have also admitted an additional charge for burglary at Foley's at Merchant Row, Dublin 2 on the same day.

One of the boys has pleaded guilty to a litany of charges for other offences in the city-centre on the same date: theft of a bottle of Hennessey’s brandy worth €150 from a shop on Nassau St; stealing a phone; entering as a trespasser to commit theft at the House of Ireland designer gift store and also at the Knobs and Knockers shop on Nassau St.

The same boy also pleaded guilty to stealing a set of hair straighteners from a pharmacy on Fitzwilliam Street. He also admitted possessing five stolen mobile phones which were taken late on Monday night and in the early hours of March 17 at Dame Court, Dublin 2. 

The boys, who are from Romania, were accompanied to their hearing by parents and their lawyer, and were provided with an interpreter and for the court hearing.