Two teenagers faced sentencing for thefts from eleven cars on one night – all of the cars were unlocked.
Garda David Fleming of Togher garda station testified at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that gardaí received several calls on February 10 2019 about thefts from cars.
“Eleven cars were broken into. One car was stolen and discovered the following day after a car crash.
“Every car was unlocked. The one that was stolen had the keys in it at the time.”
Two 18-year-olds came before Cork Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing.
Defence barrister John Devlin for Cameron Gleeson of Ballynaroon Grove, The Highlands, Glounthaune, said the teenager was studying for exams.
Mr Devlin said, of the two defendants before the court, “I think their main problem is their association with each other. When they join together that appears to cause the problems.”
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, “It is certainly one of the problems.”
The judge put sentencing of Gleeson back until April 30.
However, he sentenced the other 18-year-old, Tyreice Hill formerly Rushbrooke Manor, Cobh, County Cork, to three years with the last six months suspended.
Before the sentence was imposed on Hill, defence barrister Vincent McKechnie said that the case was a wake-up call for the accused.
The judge said, “I don’t want to be hard on Tyreice but he got every chance. They nearly wanted to give him a graduation ceremony in Oberstown (detention centre) and within three weeks he is back in trouble.
“He appears to have been all but out of control… He is not measuring up. Hill does not meet them half way.”