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Thursday 16 August 2018

Joyrider threw missiles at patrol car

A TEEN joyrider led gardai on a chase on a stolen moped before scaling a house, throwing missiles at a patrol car from the roof and escaping across railway tracks, a court heard.

Daniel Delaney (18) was jailed for two months and given another six-month suspended sentence for a series of charges arising from the incident in inner city Dublin.

He had already been convicted of blackmail over another stolen motorcycle which the owner had put posters up around the city about in an effort to have it returned.

The accused admitted he had developed a "fascination" with stolen cars since his childhood, when he would play in vehicles abandoned in the Sheriff Street area by thieves.

Delaney is to serve his sentence in Mountjoy Jail at his own request after he told a judge juvenile detention was "too childish" for him.

Delaney, of Mariner's Port, Sheriff Street, pleaded guilty to charges of unauthorised use of a vehicle, breach of the peace, criminal damage and trespassing on a railway.

Dublin District Court heard gardai on patrol in the inner city at 12.30pm on October 24 saw the accused driving with no helmet and signalled him to stop.

He failed to do so, shouted abuse and gestured at the gardai with his middle finger. Another garda on patrol at Johnny Cullen Bridge, East Wall, 10 minutes later again directed him to stop.

He continued to drive and abandoned the vehicle, climbing onto a wall and then a bungalow. He began throwing objects at the gardai before getting into a railway yard and escaping.

The following day, he got into the underground car park of Custom House Square Apartments in Dublin's docklands, broke the lock on a bicycle rack and stole a bicycle. He had gained access by using a key fob he stole by breaking into a Porsche parked outside on October 9. That incident happened just two days after he had been convicted for a previous offence but not jailed.

Delaney, with 62 previous convictions, had a "terrible" record and had been in trouble for most of his life, his barrister John Berry said.

He had been in "virtually every juvenile incarceration centre". He asked to go into custody rather than detention because he felt there was a "negative peer group" in St Patrick's Institution.

"When I'm in Patrick's, there's teenagers acting like kids," the accused told the judge.

"I'm trying to be mature and I'm getting dragged into childish feuds. It's really childish in Patrick's".

Judge Ann Watkin said the accused had to be given a sentence because of his history of offending. She suspended the six-month sentence for two years.

aphelan@herald.ie

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