Sunday 17 December 2017

Teenager jailed for nine months


A YOUTH from the Taghmon area has been sentenced to nine months in prison for a string of criminal damage offences, which included the spray painting of houses belonging to Wexford Gardaí.

The youth, who now aged 18, but who was a juvenile when the offences were committed, appeared before Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla on two separate occasions recently, as the case had to be part-heard due to the lengthy evidence and number of witnesses.

The defendant came before the court in custody for the concluding part of the case last Tuesday. Judge O Buachalla heard that he had been remanded in custody, on the many charges he faced, at St Patrick's Institution for young offenders since May 21 last.

He was charged with criminal damage offences following a spree of spray paint vandalism carried out at several location s across south Wexford on December 10, 2009, when he was 16-years-old.

The court heard that he was one of a group who committed these offences and that the homes of local Gardaí were among those targeted, along with other homeowners and the primary school and cemetery in Mayglass N.S. A lot of the offensive graffiti was abuse aimed at the Gardaí.

Evidence was also heard of a separate incident, when the youth, using a baseball bat, smashed the rear windows of six cars at the Halfway House, Ballycogley, on November 14, 2010, when he was 17-years-old. He also broke two side windows in one of the cars.

Judge O Buachalla sentenced the youth to six months in prison for one of the counts of criminal damage at Ballycogley. He was given a three-month consecutive sentence for causing criminal damage at Mayglass NS and six months concurrent for causing criminal damage to one of the houses he spray painted in south Wexford. All the other charges were taken into consideration.

This means he will serve a total of nine months and that sentence was back-dated to May 21, when he entered St Patrick's Institution. Recognisances were fixed in the event of an appeal.

Other charges taken into consideration by Judge O Buachalla as part of that sentence were public drunkenness at Pearse Court, King Street, Wexford, on November 1, 2010, and possession of a Stanley knife in Mulgannon, Wexford, on October 24, 2010.

Further charges, relating to an incident in Carrig-on-Bannow on January 1 last were adjourned to July 12 next.

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