Youth caught prowling at south Dublin house had committed litany of offences

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
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A YOUTH caught prowling at a south Dublin house which was undergoing renovations has been given an 11-month sentence for a litany of offences.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to crimes committed over a four-year period. In addition to the sentence, a four-year road ban was also handed down by Judge John O'Connor.

He admitted taking part in burglary at a house on Belgrave Road in Monkstown in south County Dublin on May 19, 2013. The house was being renovated when the youth and another older male entered. However, no property was taken.

The first offence was on Christmas Day 2012 when he broke into a car and stole a Swiss Army knife and a driving licence.

He also admitted stealing baby clothing worth €99 from a Tesco in Clarehall, in north Dublin on January 20, 2016; theft of a bottle of vodka worth €27 and crisps from a Tesco in Bray, in County Wicklow on Octocber 8, 2015; possessing a screwdriver for use in a theft offence on February 27, 2013 at Blackrock Road, Blackrock, in south County Dublin; and driving without a licence, insurance or tax at Howth Road in Dublin on April 13 last.

He had a prior offence for driving without a licence or insurance on March 18, 2014.

Earlier he had been warned he could only avoid a custodial sentence if he obeyed a list of conditions. The boy, who was accompanied to court by a family member, had been told at an earlier hearing, last year, that he must stay out of trouble, attend a training course after a placement was arranged by the Probation Service and go to a youth mentoring service.

He had to keep going to appointments with the Probation Service to address his offending.

However, he later had bench warrants for missing court hearings and when the case resumed on Wednesday, Judge O'Connor noted the teenager had not engaged with his probation officer.