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Judge sentences teen ‘screaming for help’ to two months


AN 18 year old who pleaded guilty to eleven traffic and public-order offences is ‘screaming for help’, but it is up to himself to ‘go straight’, according to a district judge.
Nathan Ginty of 55 Upper Carrowbeg Estate, Westport, appeared before Westport District Court, where he was charged and pleaded guilty to eleven offences committed in Westport, Erris and Ballina between February 2016 and March 2017.
The majority of the offences related to driving offences and included two dangerous driving charges along with driving with no licence or insurance.
Judge Devins heard that Mr Ginty was in custody after appearing before Galway Circuit Court the previous day due to a breach of bail conditions for separate offences. A psychiatric report had been ordered by the Galway Circuit Court judge, and Mr Ginty was remanded in custody until February 2.
His solicitor, Mr Peter Loftus, told the Westport court that the last place for an 18 year old was prison, but he said his client lacked any stability at home and that prison may be able to provide that.
Judge Devins disqualified Mr Ginty from driving for four years and sentenced him to two months’ imprisonment.


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