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Saturday 3 December 2016

Teen broke into barber shop twice in same day

The Children's Court, Smithfield
The Children's Court, Smithfield

A 15-year-old boy has been given a one-month custodial sentence for stealing €4,500 during a burglary in Dublin.

Judge John O'Connor finalised the case yesterday, when an updated pre-sentence probation report on the youth was handed to Dublin Children's Court.

The teenager, who has been in voluntary care, pleaded guilty to burglary at a barbers in Swords on a date earlier this year.

The court heard he broke in to the shop twice in the same day. First he took money from a till before later returning and forcing his way into the office, where he found the safe.

He was identified after gardai obtained video evidence from security cameras.

Negative

The youth was previously warned that he would get a custodial sentence if he broke his bail conditions, which he had done before.

The court heard he made some admissions but disputed the amount taken. He has no prior criminal convictions.

A negative probation report on the youth was furnished.

He has already had a stint in custody on remand in Oberstown Children's Detention Campus and the court heard he behaved well and engaged with the staff there.

A solicitor for Tusla had told the court the boy had complex needs and required stability. Going home was not in his best interests, the court had heard.

Some of his problems related to his peers, and he needed to refrain from drug-taking. The court also heard he had emotional and language issues.

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