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Saturday 3 December 2016

Teen who was 'crazy drunk' set fire to car

There was €5,000 worth of damage to the vehicle and the owner, a carpenter, was unable to work for two weeks while it was being repaired. (Stock image)
There was €5,000 worth of damage to the vehicle and the owner, a carpenter, was unable to work for two weeks while it was being repaired. (Stock image)

A teenager who had no recollection of lighting a fire in a car has been given a three-year suspended sentence.

Jamie Cox (19) of Monksfield Downs, Clondalkin pleaded guilty to arson at Rathfarnham Shopping Centre.

Gda Shane McGrath told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Cox and another man had been thrown out of a nearby pub on October 18 last year.

They were then spotted smashing the windows of the Mercedes SUV and lighting a fire in it.

Staff from the pub who put out the fire saw the men running off in the direction of a nearby housing estate.

They were arrested a short time later.

Carpenter

There was €5,000 worth of damage to the vehicle and the owner, a carpenter, was unable to work for two weeks while it was being repaired.

Cox told gardai he did not remember the fire and had "a vague recollection" of being arrested.

"I was crazy drunk, off my head in a different world," he said.

He identified himself on CCTV footage but said he had no idea why he did it.

Ann Sheridan, defending, said Cox's accomplice, who has yet to be dealt with by the court, was 20 years his senior and a negative influence on him.

She said Cox accepted full responsibility.

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