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Children’s Court Teen serving life sentence for murder of Glen Osborne pleads guilty to earlier offences

On Tuesday the 17-year-old boy who cannot be named, entered guilty pleas to possessing cannabis and cocaine for his own use on May 19, 2019, when he was aged 15

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Victim: Glen Osborne

Victim: Glen Osborne

Victim: Glen Osborne

A Dublin teenager serving a life sentence for stabbing his friend to death has pleaded guilty to earlier drugs and motoring offences.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, pleaded guilty last year to the murder of Glen Osborne, 20, during a dispute about drugs, at Ballybough House, Ballybough, Dublin on April 15, 2020.

In December, he was handed a life sentence to be reviewed in 10 years.

On Tuesday at the Dublin Children’s Court, he entered guilty pleas to possessing cannabis and cocaine for his own use on May 19, 2019, when he was aged 15.

He also pleaded guilty to motoring charges: driving in the city without due care and attention, and having no licence or insurance on Aug. 2 last.

Judge Paul Kelly granted an adjournment for these offences to join other charges for sentencing in July.

In March, the boy pleaded guilty to keeping more than €1,000 worth of cannabis for sale or supply at his home.

Some 13 deal bags of cannabis were recovered under a sink in the boy’s home on a date in May 2019. Two males were arrested including the accused, then aged 15.

He was detained, interviewed and made admissions.

The total value of the cannabis was €1,080, the court has heard.

He had one conviction for murder, the court was told.

He is already serving a lengthy sentence, said Mr Keenan. The boy had a difficult childhood and his parents had suffered from addictions, he had also told the court.

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In July a pre-sentence probation report is to be furnished to the court.

The youth will also face sentencing then for a number of other offences. They include brandishing a large knife during an assault, which took place prior to the Glen Osborne murder.

In January, the court heard the youth and another person chased a man in his twenties into a busy shop in central Dublin. The teen circled around the shop floor and punched the man a number of times during an incident in 2019.

He ignored the store manager’s pleas to leave the shop which was full of customers.

The man hid behind a counter but was followed by the teenager who grabbed a large sharp deli knife.

He held it above the man’s head, “and swiped at him two or three times” as he cowered on the floor, the juvenile court was told.

The teen has also also pleaded guilty to crashing a stolen car after leading gardai on dangerous pursuit in 2018, when he was aged 15.

He also admitted skipping court, using an angle grinder in an attempt to commit a theft at an underground car park, possessing cannabis and cocaine for his own use, and two other vehicle theft offences, on various dates in 2019 and last year.

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