Schoolboy played truant to rob house

A schoolboy who skipped class so he could burgle a house has been ordered by a judge to compensate his victim.

A schoolboy who skipped class so he could burgle a house has been ordered by a judge to compensate his victim.

The boy, aged 15, had claimed the burglary at the home of his sister’s ex-boyfriend was just a prank, which Judge Anne Watkin rejected, calling it “criminal behaviour”.

Judge Watkin heard at the Dublin Children’s Court the boy had admitted the burglary which occurred on Portmarnock, on May 18 last.

The court heard the schoolboy, who had no previous convictions, broke into the house to steal a mobile telephone worth €200 and €50 in cash, which have not been recovered.

Defence solicitor Ms Eileen McCabe said she was instructed that the teenager had "mitched" the morning off school and broke into the house as a prank.

Judge Watkin said that she did not accept that. “It was not a prank to break into somebody’s house and steal, it was criminal behaviour,” she said.

She adjourned the case ordering the teenager to compensate the victim by the time of his next court appearance.

The court remanded him on bail until March 11 next.

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