Community service for knife mugger teenager

A YOUNG Wexford man who pulled a knife on a 16-year-old when stealing his phone and wallet and snatched two handbags from women on the Main Street on the same day has been sentenced to 170 hours of community service.

Keith Fenlon (19), of Ferndale Park, was charged with robbing the youth of his wallet, containing €25, and phone at Redmond Square, on September 25, 2009.

He was further charged, on the same date, with stealing a black leather handbag containing cash and other items to the value of €250 from Karen Shannon and a black handbag containing cash and other items to the value of €400 from Jane Meyler.

Evidence had been heard in the case on an earlier date and it came before Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla last week for a penalty to be imposed on Fenlon, who was to have been collecting compensation for the injured parties.

Some items from one of the handbags were recovered, but nothing from the other. The 16-yearold's wallet was recovered, but the money was gone.

Ed King, for Fenlon, said that his client had collected €200 and would gather more if given more time.

However, Judge O Buachalla said the community service report had deemed Fenlon a suitable candidate and he proceeded to finalise the case, sentencing the young Wexford man to 170 hours' community service in lieu of three months in prison.

The judge also ordered that Fenlon continue to gather the compensation required to fully reimburse the three people he stole from, and said that the case can be brought before him again if this money has not been paid by September 1.

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