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Saturday 16 December 2017

Troubled teen (19) caught with knife was homeless at the time

Conor Keith
Conor Keith

A TEENAGER who committed a spate of offences within a three month period had fallen out with his family and was living in homeless accommodation at the time, a court heard.

Conor Keith (19) said he is now back at home and is "doing well".

Judge David McHugh ordered an updated probation report and adjourned sentencing to April.

The defendant, of Lambourne Park in Clonsilla, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a knife at North Circular Road on November 15, 2013.

Keith also admitted to stealing a bottle of vodka, worth €36, from Superquinn, Ashton, Dublin 15 on August 11, 2013.

He further admitted to unlawfully taking possession of a vehicle at Portersgate View in Clonsilla on September 27, 2013 and to threatening and abusive behaviour at Castleknock Train Station on November 9, 2013.

The court heard the defendant has 19 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said these incidents all took place within a short period of time when Keith had fallen out with his family and was living in various hostels in the city.

Mr O'Doherty said Keith is now back living with his family, is doing well and hasn't picked up any new charges.

However, Mr O'Doherty said Keith's rehabilitation was at a "tenuous" stage and he would benefit from working with the probation services.

Judge McHugh said he would "hold his hand" and adjourned sentencing to April.

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