Teenager will have to pay €500 compensation for throwing rock at Cork bus

Teenager will have to pay €500 compensation for throwing rock at Cork bus
Pic; Larry Cummins

A fifteen-year-old picked up a rock and threw it at a bus in the Blarney area and today he was told that he would have to pay over €500 in compensation to Bus Eireann.

The teenager appeared at the Children’s Court of Cork District Court today.

Judge Mary Dorgan told him he would need to get busy with his part-time summer job to put together the full amount in advance of sentencing.

Inspector Brian O’Donovan outlined the extent of the damage caused to the bus.

The incident which occurred after 10 p.m. on February 19.

The youth was seen picking up a rock and throwing it at the back windscreen of the bus as it pulled away from a stop.

The 15-year-old was clearly identified on the CCTV and he subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge of causing criminal damage to the bus.

He was interviewed by gardaí in the presence of his mother and he stated after caution what he could see in the security footage.

“I was at the bus stop. I bent down and got a rock and threw it at the window. I don’t know, I just did, I don’t know, I just done it, I don’t know why,” the teenager said.

He is not identified in this report as he is a juvenile.

Joseph Cuddigan, solicitor, said the youngster had €100 in court towards compensation.

Judge Mary Dorgan said the defendant had €417 to go.

The judge asked him how much more of his part-time work would he have to do to raise that. The defendant who was in court with his mother replied, “A nice bit.” “He needs to be busy with work, we have spoken already about idle hands here today. This is about you straightening yourself out. I don’t expect you do it for the court but I expect you to do it for your mother,” Judge Dorgan said.

Sentencing was adjourned until November 6 for the compensation to be paid. The judge told the teenager that she wanted him to think very carefully before he picked up a stone in the future.

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