A teenaged member of a gang styling themselves the Farranree Joyriders was sentenced to an 18-month suspended jail term today.
Detective Garda Brian Maher testified at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the teenager who was 16-years-old when he stole cars was a member of the gang.
Farranree Joyriders put up numerous posts on social media sometimes identifying themselves with stolen motorbikes and cars.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin wanted to know if the vehicles stolen by the accused teenager in this case were recovered.
Detective Garda Maher replied, “In certain cases they were recovered, in other cases they were burnt out.”
The judge was told that the accused now wanted to become a car mechanic.
“I am a small bit worried about a young fella with such a fascination for cars going to work with cars,” Judge Ó Donnabháin said.
However, the accused had been in Oberstown detention centre on remand for a number of months and there was a very favourable report on the progress he had made.
“I am taking into consideration the positive report from Oberstown. Without that it would not be a suspended sentence,” he said.
A sentence of 18 months was then imposed, suspended on condition that he would keep the peace for 18 months.
While there was evidence in relation to the juvenile stealing a number of vehicles he was sentenced in respect of the theft of two cars.
The judge also disqualified him from driving for a period of two years.