Teen detained after 45th conviction

A teenager, who took part in a spree of car break-ins, has been detained for two years after attaining his 45th criminal conviction.

A teenager, who took part in a spree of car break-ins, has been detained for two years after attaining his 45th criminal conviction.

The 17-year-old south Dublin boy had broken into 17 cars, at underground car parks in Kilmainham and Inchicore, Judge David Anderson heard at the Dublin Children’s Court.

The boy, a father-to-be, pleaded guilty today morning to 17 criminal damage charges, four larceny charges and five theft charges.

However Judge Anderson noted that the teen’s guilty plea came just before his hearing and he had necessitated 17 injured parties coming to court needlessly.

“It is normal when someone pleads guilty to give them credit for it. In this case I am struck by the enormous number of witnesses who were here in court. He had made cautioned statements yet we have eight dates in court before he chooses to plead guilty and brings those people here,” he said.

“For that there is no credit for pleading guilty at this late stage,” he added as he imposed two one-year sentences, which are to run consecutively.

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