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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Teenager's joyriding spree 'devastated a community'

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Six people's lives were affected by a teenage car thief whose joyriding devastated a Dublin community, a court has heard.

One of them, a priest, was seriously injured and left unable to perform his parish duties after the 17-year-old, who was on bail, ploughed into him, Dublin Children's Court was told.

The six people, aged from four to 57 and from the same area in north Dublin, were affected by the teen's four motor thefts, which involved high-speed pursuits, collisions, children being traumatised, a grieving widow having to give evidence, and cars written off.

The uninsured teenager had been on bail for three of the offences when the fourth occurred, the court heard. He pleaded guilty to the theft of a car and dangerous driving in an incident at Blanchardstown Road North on November 8.

Fracture

It was alleged he broke red lights and collided with a car driven by Fr Liam McClarey (57). The court heard Fr McClarey suffered broken ankles and a hairline fracture to his knee.

In another case, he was found guilty of the theft of a grieving widow's car in July last year.

He also pleaded guilty to hit-and-run and driving without insurance or a licence arising out of incidents on February 23. The court heard he was driving a scrambler bike on a public road in Corduff and he collided head-on with a Toyota Avensis.

The defendant also admitted stealing a car on March 17 and six counts of dangerous driving, as well as not having a licence or insurance.

The teenager, who cannot be named because he is a minor, had no previous convictions. He was warned he is facing the strong possibility of a custodial sentence and was remanded on bail to appear again in April.

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