A 16-year-old schoolboy was caught with €64,000 worth of stolen jewellery taken during the course of a house burglary in south Dublin, a court heard today..
The boy, who is originally from Romania, but living in Ireland with his family for the past eight years, was before the Children’s Court, charged with possessing stolen property, a diamond watch worth €30,000, a pearl necklace to the value of €10,000 and various diamond, gold rings and other jewellery, on November 23 last.
Garda Danny Flynn of Dundrum station told Judge Clare Leonard that he arrested the boy at Sandyford Road, in Dublin. He alleged the boy, who resides in north Dublin, was found “with jewellery worth €64,000.”
He said the property had been taken the previous day, in a burglary at a house in Stillorgan, in south Dublin.
Pleading for the case to be retained in the jurisdiction of the Children’s Court, defence solicitor Mr Gareth Noble that his client co-operated with gardaí when he was questioned.
He told the court that the boy, who was accompanied to court with his mother, was in school, resided with his parents and had “integrated well into Irish society.”
He said the boy had learned English and the court interpreter was present for the mother’s benefit.
Following Mr Noble’s submissions, Judge Leonard said she was refusing to keep the case at Children’s Court level.
She remanded the teenager on bail to appear again in June when he is to be served with a book of evidence in the case, which is to be sent forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which can, on conviction, impose lengthier sentences.