Teenager Who Stole Bus Before Enjoying 30-Minute Drive Avoids Custodial Sentence

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Go Ahead Ireland - Ballymount

A teenage boy, who stole a double-decker bus in Dublin and took it for a 30-minute drive before handing himself over to Gardaí, has been spared a custodial sentence.

Dublin Children’s Court heard the 17-year-old boy was missing from a care unit when he stole the bus from outside the Go Ahead Ireland premises in Ballymount in August last year.

A six-month probation bond was imposed. The boy pleaded guilty to the bus theft charge when he appeared before Judge Paul Kelly.

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The court heard the teenager, who had left his care facility in Cork, managed to get the bus started, and headed along the Naas Road and went on a drive for about 30 minutes before bringing the bus back.

He then presented himself at Ballyfermot Garda station.

Charges for driving without a licence or insurance were dropped, and the defence confirmed there was a guilty plea to stealing the bus.

The DPP directed that the case should not be sent to a higher court, and Judge Kelly accepted jurisdiction.

The teen had one prior offence for stealing a phone in a supermarket in Co. Cork.

The court heard he’s now in new accommodation in Dublin and looking to learn a trade.

Earlier, the judge granted the teen legal aid and told him to “stay off the buses other than being a passenger“.