A SEVENTEEN-year-old boy was sentenced to nine months detention after he pleaded guilty to a spate of theft and criminal damage offences.
The youth who can’t be named comes from a large family which lives in the Garryowen area of the city.
Limerick District Court was told the defendant caused around €400 worth of damage in the early hours of December 26, 2011 when he smashed the windows of three cars which were parked at Summer Street Car Park.
Sgt Michelle Leahy said the youth was observed searching inside the cars but that he did not take anything as he was interrupted.
The court was told the defendant broke into the Moose Bar at Cathedral Place at 3.50am on January 21, last and that he stole an iphone 4, a Nintendo DS and the keys to an Audi Q7 which he later stole.
Sgt Leahy said the vehicle was later recovered undamaged but she said the keys, which were worth €1,500 were not recovered.
In another incident on the same date the youth damaged the windows of several cars and on another occasion he broke into a premises on Parnell Street and stole laptops and a mobile phone worth nearly €4,000.
He also caused €800 when he smashed the front door to gain access.
Solicitor Julianne Kiely said her client comes from a large family but that it had “very supportive” parents.
She said he had gone “off the rails on drink and drugs” for a number of weeks around the time of the first anniversary of the death of one of his siblings.
Ms Kiely said her client was holding his hands up in relation to the offences and that he hopes to turn his life around.
Judge Eamon O’Brien said all families have to face problems and have to “just get on with it”.
He described the behaviour of the accused as “outrageous” and he sentenced him to nine months detention.
Part of the sentence will be served concurrently with a nine month sentence which was imposed in January in relation to a separate burglary matter.