Teen held el­derly man dur­ing rob­bery

Bray People - - NEWS -

A COUNTY WICK­LOW youth who re­strained a 70-year-old man in an arm­chair at an old folks’ com­plex while his ac­com­plice searched the man’s flat for cash to steal is to be sen­tenced at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court.

The then 15-year-old put his hand over the el­derly man’s mouth to stop him shout­ing while his older rel­a­tive cut the man’s wrists as he tried to pull bracelets off his arms. The pair made off with €400 cash.

The now 17-year-old, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, pleaded guilty to the bur­glary at Bally­bough Court on Septem­ber 17, 2007. His ac­com­plice was given a five-year sen­tence for the of­fence last year.

Garda Liam Don­aghue told Mr Roughan Banim BL, pros­e­cut­ing, that the youth and his ac­com­plice en­tered the man’s flat which was part of an old folks com­plex.

The el­derly man, who suf­fers from arthri­tis and can only walk with crutches, was re­strained by the youth while the older man searched his pock­ets and cup­boards.

Gda Don­aghue said the youth and his ac­com­plice were iden­ti­fied on CCTV and later ar­rested.

He agreed with de­fence coun­sel, Ms San­dra Frayne BL, that the youth was un­der the in­flu­ence of his older rel­a­tive who had ex­ten­sive pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and a drug ad­dic­tion.

The co-ac­cused told gar­daí he was sorry for get­ting the boy in­volved in the of­fence.

Ms. Frayne said the youth had been looking af­ter him­self since he was 13-years-old and had no qual­i­fi­ca­tions. She said he was now try­ing to keep a low pro­file and plays an ac­tive part in his own child’s life. His am­bi­tion is to try and own his own place.

Judge Katherine De­lahunt ad­journed sen­tenc­ing un­til April to al­low a pro­ba­tion re­port be pre­pared to see what su­per­vi­sion and ed­u­ca­tional cour­ses may be avail­able.

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