AN EIGHTEEN-year-old from Rathkeale who has appeared in court charged with a litany of offences including criminal damage, assault causing harm and possession of weapons has been described as “a young man very much out of control”.
Tom Ryan, of 7 Fairgreen, Fairhill, Rathkeale pleaded guilty at Newcastle West court to 21 different offences dating back to 2011, when he was 16 years old. On one occasion Ryan smashed the windows of a house with a slash hook, forcing the female occupant to flee with her young child, while on another date he assaulted a man in the street after demanding money from him. Ryan was also a passenger in a stolen car which was involved in a dangerous high speed chase with gardai in Limerick city.
Ryan, who is the youngest of 17 children and is addicted to drugs, was described as having a number of “very serious issues”. He has attempted self harm, and is illiterate.
At a lengthy hearing last week, details of offences arising from fourteen different incidents dating back to December 2011 were outlined to the court chronologically. As he turned 18 in July, Ryan was prosecuted as an adult and received a combination of prison sentences and community service.
For a full report, see this week’s Limerick Leader weekend edition.