A TEENAGE boy has admitted stealing an iPad and briefcase belonging to former Limerick mayor Kieran O’Hanlon while he was attending the funeral of another former mayor, Frank Prendergast.
The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing the items from the city councillor’s car, which was parked at Sarsfield Court, Garryowen on February 23, last.
AT a sitting of the Children’s Court yesterday afternoon, Sergeant Adrian Whelan said the defendant, who cannot be named, was identified on CCTV after Cllr O’Hanlon alerted gardai to the theft.
Judge Mary Larkin was told the iPad - the property of Limerick City and County Council - was not recovered but that the briefcase was found nearby. The total value of the stolen property was €350.
The Limerick Leader understands that following the theft the local authority ‘wiped’ the device remotely ensuring that no sensitive data could be accessed.
Separately, the youth admitted stealing a mobile phone from a friend after he asked if he could use it on March 23, last.
Solicitor John Herbert said his client, who has 35 previous convictions, comes from a “dysfunctional home” and that he suffers from ADHD.
He said his client’s parents separated when he was a young boy and that he witnessed some of the disharmony between the couple.
Mr Herbert added that the youth, who turns 18 later this year, doesn’t always take his medication and that in the recent past he has “dabbled with intoxicants”.
After being informed that the young man’s mother is “doing her best” to raise money to pay compensation to the owners of the stolen property, Judge Larkin said she was “not a bit impressed” that pressure was being put on her to raise the money.
The judge directed that a probation report be prepared in relation to the youth before she imposes sentence on April 14 next.
He was remanded in detention ahead of an unrelated court appearance in County Wexford today.