A 15-YEAR-OLD boy responsible for five house burglaries, including some when people slept in their beds, has been spared custody.
He had taken vehicles off the drives and took one vehicle on four occasions, a youth court at Mold was told.
The boy was warned that he had come close to going into custody but as a direct alternative he was placed on a ‘tough’ intensive supervision and surveillance order under which his liberty will be severely restricted.
It is a condition of the order that he takes medication for his ADHD which was said to be ‘the key to all of his problems’.
Last month the boy admitted three house burglaries, asked for another to be taken into consideration and also admitted taking vehicles, including one aggravated offence.
Yesterday he admitted a further burglary in January and obstructing police by jumping out of a window when officers tried to arrest him.
The order means he will be supervised for 25 hours a week by the youth justice service for the first three months will be subject to a tagged curfew for three months.
He was ordered to follow a substance misuse course, an education and careers course and was referred to the mental health services to assess his anger and temper control.
In addition he must undertake one-to-one work on victim empathy and consequential thinking. He must attend a youth justice centre each Saturday morning and orders were made that he adhere to a treatment regime to tackle his ADHD and that he must not associate with another named youth.
He was also banned from driving for 12 months and was ordered to pay compensation of £250.
Magistrates warned him that if he breached ‘this tough order’ in any way then he was ‘going down’.
The boy, who lives in Mold, also asked for other offences to be taken into consideration – burglary at a domestic garage where he stole two cycles valued at £1,500 and further charges of taking vehicles.
He was warned if he had been an adult he would be facing a mandatory three year prison sentence because of his previous convictions, which include two previous dwelling house burglaries.
Wyn Jones, prosecuting, said that in November the youth burgled a house at Bron Afon in Mold where a mobile phone and other items were stolen.
The occupiers were present but were not disturbed by the burglar who struck in the early hours.
In December he burgled a house in West View, Mold, where a £100 bracelet and car keys were taken.
Ten days later he burgled a house in Ruthin Road where jewellery including gold wedding and engagement rings were taken.
An untidy search of two of the rooms had also taken place.
Then he admitted a fresh burglary in Bryn Coch Road on January 4.
The court heard the boy had fully co-operated with police, made full admissions and voluntarily admitted other offences which assisted the police in clearing them up.
He had not been taking his ADHD medication because it made him feel ill and had side effects.
l One of the boy’s victims made local legal history by being the first in local courts to read out his own victim impact statement to magistrates.
Victim impact statements were introduced some years ago but now the law has been changed to allow victims to attend court and address magistrates themselves.
Paul Meyer told of the effect of the burglary at his home where ignition keys had been removed and his vehicle had been taken four times.
It had been returned on three occasions but was damaged on the fourth.
He told how he and his family no longer felt safe in their own home and said the defendant did not appear to care about what he had done.
He said he and his family were constantly worried about the safety of their home.