Teen abused gardai at Ballynanty disorder incident

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

A JUDGE has warned there will be “no second chance” for a city teenager if she fails to pay compensation for her role in a disturbance in Ballynanty last year.

A JUDGE has warned there will be “no second chance” for a city teenager if she fails to pay compensation for her role in a disturbance in Ballynanty last year.

Charlene Costello, 19, with an address at Thomond House, Thomondgate, pleaded guilty at Limerick District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour at Moylish Crescent on March 21, 2011.

Inspector Paul Reidy said gardai had been called to a disturbance at 5.35pm. Two car windows had been smashed in the vicinity and an assault was taking place when gardai arrived. A large crowd had gathered and tensions were high, Insp Reidy said. As gardai were putting a man who had been arrested into a patrol car, Ms Costello had started “shouting obscenities”.

The accused further admitted stealing a car in Janesboro on November 8 last. Insp Reidy outlined how she had been invited into the house of her mother’s boyfriend and left with the keys of a transit van which was later found abandoned in Southill. Solicitor Sarah Ryan explained that this had been Ms Costello’s way “sorting out” an argument between her mother and her partner.

Ms Costello also pleaded guilty to having broken into a car, causing criminal damage and stealing a pair of sunglasses from the vehicle at Blackthorn Drive, Caherdavin, at around 9.25pm on March 21 this year. The car owner discovered the break-in as it was in train. Ms Costello had been drunk and broke off the back wiper.

Ms Costello, who has no prior convictions, had previously been given a chance to pay €200 into the Garda Benevolent Fund in respect of the Ballynanty incident. Ms Ryan said she had not been able to do so as she was in a shelter and “effectively homeless” for a period but was now back with her family.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly remanded her on bail to appear again on November 8 to pay compensation. “I will regard that as her first chance in circumstances where she was homeless. I will not give her a second chance,” he said.