16-YEAR-OLD GETS 16 MONTHS’ DETENTION AFTER COURT HEARS OF LITANY OF OFFENCES

29 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

DEFENDANT MUST LEARN OF CONSEQUENCES OF HIS ACTIONS — JUDGE

A 16-YEAR-OLD youth was given detention sentences amounting to 16 months in total when he pleaded guilty to over 20 charges at Monaghan District Court last week, ranging from serious assaults to thefts to multiple counts of causing criminal damage — with the latter including a series of incidents on one night last January in which damage was caused to the wing mirrors of vehicles parked mainly in the Killygoan area.

The same young defendant had also attracted further attention to himself when he escaped from prison officers and gardai after being remanded in custody at the court on 20th June last. That episode had ended about 12 hours later, when he was apprehended by gardai while still in Monaghan town in the early hours of Tuesday 21st June.

At an earlier hearing on 25th April last, Paul Boyce, solr had stated that his client had spent some time at the Trinity House detention centre in Oberstown, Co Dublin, and did not like the experience.

Superintendent Noel Cunningham had pointed at that hearing to the “Jekyll and Hyde”-type difference in character being demonstrated by the defendant. He could be at his “worst or best”, depending on whether he had alcohol taken. He could be courteous to those who were working with him, but the charges included serious unprovoked assaults and serious intimidation on young students from outside the country who were here on education trips.

The accused had been a “ringleader” in relation to many instances that were occurring in Monaghan town, Supt Cunningham had stated, often resulting in damage to property, including cars belonging to honest, working people who did not expect this to happen. Nor did they expect to be assaulted while they were walking the streets of the town.

Mr Boyce had underlined how his client was relatively nice when free of alcohol or…
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