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Saturday 20 April 2019

Teenager jailed for eight months for plethora of crimes

Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.
Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.

Eight months in prison was prescribed for a teenager said to be from a respectable family after Judge Gerard Haughton heard about a plethora of crimes.

And Wexford District Court was told that other matters remain outstanding against Ross Nolan (19) of 18 Radharc na Mara, Coolcotts.

The defendant was brought into the courtroom in Ardcavan in handcuffs under escort, watched by his mother who was present for the proceedings.

The court was told that he had been in Cloverhill Prison on remand since November when his bail was revoked after he broke the conditions imposed on him.

Guilty pleas were the order of the day from the defendant who had two solicitors in court to represent him as he sat and listened to the summary of his crimes given to Judge Gerard Haughton.

Nolan admitted taking part in a burglary at White's Hotel last May when €500 worth of alcohol was taken.

On various dates, he also took booze from Denis Cloney's shop in Curracloe (four bottles of wine), Aldi supermarket in Wexford (two bottles of vodka); Centra supermarket in Wexford (two bottles of wine); Dunnes Stores (a bottle of Captain Morgan's); and Carry-Out off licence in South Main Street (bottle of Buckfast).

Details of drunken public order offences were given too, committed at Tesco, William Street, Bride Street and Coolcotts. In May he was caught on CCTV breaking into O'Donnell's pharmacy in Taghmon where the window of the shop was damaged to the tune of €500.

He was on bail when he took a bicycle parked in South Main Street worth €150 in October.

Solicitor Colette Culleton said her client's misbehaviour was all linked to drugs and alcohol.

She revealed that the teenaged defendant had not completed his Leaving Cert but now hoped to do so after taking up art and music studies while in prison.

A four month sentence for the bicycle theft was dated from November 18 last, the date on which he was jailed on remand.

Eight months was prescribed for the break in at the pharmacy, with immediate effect.

The judge was told that a charge of robbery, arising from Boggan's service station on November 16, was pending with directions awaited from the DPP.

This matter was adjourned to February 16.

The judge confirmed that Ms Culleton and her legal colleague Lana Doherty shared legal aid responsibility dividing the various charges between the pair.

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