Teenager charged with shoplift­ing

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

A 15-YEAR- OLD boy ap­peared be­fore Judge Ger­ard Haughton at the Dis­trict Court in Gorey on a theft charge.

But the judge made it clear that he had no in­ten­tion of pun­ish­ing the teenager if it turned out that he was act­ing un­der or­ders from an adult or adults.

The de­fen­dant was aged 14 at the time that the shoplift­ing oc­curred at su­per­mar­kets in Bun­clody and New Ross.

The judge noted that the youth had made off in a car with a North­ern Ire­land reg­is­tra­tion which ap­peared to be­long to his par­ents.

The ac­cused boy’s mother was in court to tell the de­fend­ing bar­ris­ter that the ve­hi­cle was driven on that oc­ca­sion by her sis­ter but no name of the driver was passed on to the court.

Judge Haughton made clear his opin­ion that the de­fen­dant should not re­main in the care of his par­ents if it turned out that they were be­hind the crimes.

‘I am not go­ing to pun­ish the de­fen­dant for the ac­tions of adults,’ said the judge, ad­journ­ing the mat­ter to Oc­to­ber 11.

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