Teen ‘wantonly destroyed’ premises that helps teens

A teenager who broke into premises owned by the Western Trust has been ordered to complete 240 hours of community service.

Ryan Harkin, whose address was given on court papers as Strand Foyer, pleaded guilty to burglary and possessing a class B drug on August 14.

Derry magistrates Court heard the teen broke into premises in the Chapel Road area which belong to the 16 plus Pathway Project, an organisation which helps teenagers from a care background.

During the burglary electrical items and a sum of cash was taken.

The local magistrates court heard that several windows were broken and internal doors broken during the burglary. The total amount of the damage and stolen items was around £3,000.

Imposing the community service order, District Judge Barney McElholm said a ‘lot of vulnerable young people depend on the 16 plus team to get them through a difficult period in their life. This defendant wantonly destroyed the premises’.

He also ordered Harkin to spend 12 months on probation and pay £600 compensation.