Donegal youth detained after theft spree in Letterkenny

September 4, 2020

A DONEGAL youth has been detained following a spate of burglaries in Letterkenny.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons due to his age, appeared before a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court this morning.

He was accompanied by his mother during the short hearing.

Garda Cathriona Flynn told the court that she re-arrested the boy, who had been in custody since Thursday, today.

The boy is charged with three counts of theft.

He is charged with theft at HD Beauty Rooms, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, on September 2.

The boy is charged with theft at International Hair Styles, Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny, on September 3.

He is also charged with theft at Cooney’s Home & Garden, Letterkenny, on September 3.

The boy’s mother was present when he was charged. When the charges were put to him, the accused replied: ‘It wasn’t me.’

Gardaí objected to bail due to the seriousness of the offences.

“He has been apprehended for a number of burglaries and refer to premises struggling after Covid-19,” Garda Flynn said.

“CCTV harvested has identified him. He is currently on recognisance that was signed in June 2020 and he has reoffended. Information available is that he has not co-operated with the probation and welfare services as directed by the court in June.”

Solicitor for the accused, Mr Rory O’Brien, said a formal application for bail had been lodged.

Gardaí said a number of other incidents were put to the accused in interview and are awaiting directions.

Judge Paul Kelly told the boy: “I’m sorry to see you back here again.”

Judge Kelly remanded the boy in custody at the Oberstown Children Detention Campus to appear, via video link, at the September 10 sitting of Buncrana District Court.