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Thursday 22 November 2018

Young inmates caused €14k of damage at Oberstown

Two teenage boys who
Two teenage boys who "thrashed" a metalwork room at Oberstown detention centre with hammers for three hours have been given suspended sentences. Stock photo: PA Archive

Two teenage boys who "thrashed" a metalwork room at Oberstown detention centre with hammers for three hours have been given suspended sentences.

The pair, then aged 15 and 16 years old, threatened their teacher with hammers and made them leave the room before proceeding to smash "anything they could get their hands on", causing €14,290 of damage. The Public Order Unit had to be called to remove them after they refused to leave the room voluntarily when asked by staff and gardai.

The two boys, who cannot be identified as they are minors, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage at Oberstown Child Detention Campus on June 14, 2017.

Problems

The older boy, now aged 17, has 36 previous convictions, including for criminal damage, arson and unlawful seizures of vehicles.

The younger boy, now aged 16, has 28 previous convictions, including for criminal damage, robbery, burglary, threats to kill and public order offences.

The older boy's current sentence will end in May 2019 and the younger boy is due for release in December 2018.

Judge Melanie Greally took into account the content of a number of reports handed into court.

She said in the case of each boy there was a significant background of psychological and emotional problems.

The judge imposed a two-year sentence on the 16-year-old boy and a two-and-a-half year sentence on the 17-year-old boy, consecutive to their current sentences.

She suspended the sentences on strict conditions, including probation service supervision.

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