Teen crashed car through school wall

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A teenager who admitted crashing a car through the wall of a local primary school has been disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Sean McConnell, of Roskeen Park, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and aggravated vehicle taking causing damage on July 23.

The 18-year-old admitted further charges of failing to remain at the scene of an accident and having no licence or insurance.

The charges relate to an incident at St. Eithne’s Primary School.

The facts of the case were not read out in open court, however a previous hearing was told the teen had taken his aunt’s car without permission and crashed it through the wall of the school.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the teenager has a number of difficulties and has no criminal record.

He said if this wasn’t the case ‘this could have attracted an immediate custodial sentence’.

The judge added custody ‘won’t benefit anyone either him or the community’.

McConnell was disqualified from driving for 18 months, ordered to complete 200 hours community service and to spend 12 months on probation.