A 16-year-old boy, who worked as a look-out and selected a young woman as potential theft victim for his accomplice, has been remanded on bail pending sentence by Judge David Anderson at the Dublin Children’s Court.
The boy, who is originally from Romania, but living in Ireland with his family for the past three years, had denied theft of a 17-year-old girl’s wallet, at Temple Bar in Dublin, in the early hours of September 17 last year.
Garda Sarah Barry told the court that boy was working in conjunction with another individual.
“I observed him looking at different females’ handbags, he was walking behind them and then looking down into the handbags. I observed the accused gesture to the co-defendant and point at the lady present in court,” said Garda Barry.
The wallet, which contained €20 and bank cards, was taken out of the girl’s bag by another individual but was recovered after the gardaí intervened and arrested two youths, including the accused.
The wallet was retrieved from the boy’s accomplice, the court was told.
In evidence, the unemployed and out of school teenager, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, denied being involved in the theft. He claimed that he had been in the city-centre begging at the time.
Prosecuting Garda Diarmuid Fox put it to the boy that he had pointed the girl out to his friend “to say that there was a potential wallet” and had been involved in the theft.
The teenager said “No” and again claimed that he had been begging.
Judge Anderson found the teenager guilty and heard that he had no prior convictions.
The boy was remanded on bail pending sentence and for a probation report to be obtained.