Teen who torched own files bound to the peace

A teenager who torched his care history files in a children’s home has been spared a custodial sentence.

The 17-year-old, who has a history of mental health problems, pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court to criminal damage and public order offences.

Judge John O’Connor bound him to the peace for six months, meaning he must stay out of trouble or else he could face a possible sentence or community sanction.

In another incident, the teenager took 10 folders of files which were under his own name “and set them alight”, a garda said.

The boy also admitted being intoxicated to such an extent he was a danger to himself and others at a Dublin hospital’semergency department two days earlier.

He also pleaded guilty to a related breach of the peace charge and to damaging property in the care home.

Judge O’Connor said it seemed the teenager is getting excellent support and the case should be finalised.

He told the boy, who was accompanied to court by care workers, he was giving him a chance and that he will turn 18 later this year meaning he would no longer be dealt with in the Children’s Court if he re-offended.

He also praised the gardaí who had dealt with the boy.


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