Youth (16) told to stay away from beer cans

Wexford People - - NEWS -

‘YOU’VE got tal­ents. Stay away from the cans,’ that was the ad­vice from Judge Gerard Haughton to a 16-year-old who faced bur­glary and pub­lic or­der charges at the Dis­trict Court in Ard­ca­van.

The cans men­tioned by the judge were beer cans such as the one that the young de­fen­dant found hold­ing in Wex­ford’s North Main Street late one night.

He was one of a group of track-suited teenagers en­coun­tered in the street by Garda Ea­monn Cahill as he re­sponded to a re­port of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the area.

The re­sult was a charge of pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion and the garda gave ev­i­dence of be­ing con­cerned on the night in ques­tion that the ac­cused boy might wan­der into traf­fic.

Judge Gerard Haughton felt that the con­cern was le­git­i­mate but noted that the de­fen­dant went home safely with his friends that night.

Also con­sid­ered by the court was an in­ci­dent at the North Slob on the evening of July 20 when a rock was thrown through the win­dow of the vis­i­tor cen­tre there.

The youth was ar­rested near that scene and ad­mit­ted break­ing the win­dow, which cost €200 to re­pair.

He brought €20 to court and Judge Haughton of­fered to leave him with­out a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion on his record once the re­main­ing €180 is paid up.

The teenager agreed to put aside a ten­ner a week from a trainee al­lowance and the mat­ter was put back to March 5 in the ex­pec­ta­tion that the full amount will be avail­able by then.

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