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Friday 15 December 2017

Teen smashes minibus windscreen

A TEENAGER WHO smashed the windscreen of a minibus while there were passengers inside, was remanded in custody for another two weeks by Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla at Wexford District Court.

The 16-year-old defendant has pleaded guilty to damaging a minibus belonging to Ronald Osman at The Bullring on June 4, as well as stealing a can of orange from Chinatown in Whitemill Road on May 7, and being in possession of a set of knuckle dusters on the same date.

The teenager appeared before the court in custody last Monday and was remanded for another fortnight.

Detective Garda Pat O'Brien said the defendant was abusive towards staff at Chinatown take-away and stole a can of orange.

He stopped him a few minutes later and found asset of brass knuckles in his possession. He was intoxicated.

Garda Brian Cummins said that on June 4, the defendant was seen by a number of witnesses picking up a traffic cone and breaking the side window of a parked van. He continued to The Bullring where he smashed the windscreen of a minibus. He was apprehended by the driver. There were people in the minibus at the time.

The young defendant has previous convictions including one for threatening a Wexford school principal with a gun.

His solicitor Ed King said he is the subject of a voluntary care order.

Judge O Buachalla said the accused would have to be remanded in custody. He asked for a probation report to be completed while he is in custody.

He was remanded to June 27.

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