Further charges for teenage boy facing spate of other burglary charges

March 4, 2021

A TEENAGER already facing a spate of burglary charges has been charged with three further similar incidents.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged and appeared before Letterkenny District Court this week.

This week, the youth was charged in relation to three other incidents.

He is charged with theft from Saffron Hair and Beauty, Canal Road, Letterkenny on August 28, 2020.

He is charged with damaging a CCTV camera at Carry Out Off Licence Pearse Road, Letterkenny on September 3, 2020.

Also on September 3, the boy is charged with damaging a glass pane at Cooney’s Home and Garden Centre, Pearse Road, Letterkenny.

The boy replied ‘no comment’ to each charge.  He and his mother – who was also present in court – were given copies of the charge sheets.

Sergeant Jim Collins said the Director of Public Prosecution has directed that the matters, to include the new charges, be sent forward for trial on indictment.

Sgt Collins said that a lot of the matters are ‘all tied together’, which was creating something of a difficulty as Gardaí are still awaiting direction on some matters.

In January, bail was revoked and he was brought before a special court sitting after being found in breach of a curfew.

“Every time we are back here, the pile gets bigger and bigger,” said Judge Paul Kelly.

Among the other charges facing the boy include a spate of burglaries in Letterkenny in September at HD Beauty Rooms, Lower Main Street, International Hair Styles, Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny and Cooney’s Home & Garden.

Solicitor Mr Rory O’Brien said an application under Section 75 of the Children’s Act would be made. Under this act,  the non-jury juvenile court has discretion deal with several types of serious cases, by taking into consideration age and level of maturity of the defendant.

The teenager will appear again by video link to the March 8 sitting of Letterkenny District Court.