‘Tearaway’ turns over a new leaf

Thursday, 23 November 2017

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AN Antrim man has urged teenage tearaways to follow his example by turning their backs on their lives of crime.
By the end of his troubled teens, Shane Geoghegan was on a downwards spiral, and his booze soaked antics had attracted the attention of police.
When he was approached by the Youth Justice Agency he knew he stood at a crossroads and the choice was stark - address the problems that fuelled his offending or brace himself for long spells behind bars.
“In my early teenage years I was a bit of a tearaway, drinking, fighting, getting into all sorts of trouble. It landed me in court - a few times - and that's when the Youth Justice Agency got involved," he said.
The 21-year-old has been out of trouble for three years and now holds a full-time job with a local manufacturing firm.
Youth Justice Agency Practitioner Greg Walker has said there are many other people like Shane - and he has pledged to work with them so they too can 'come out the other side of the process a better person'.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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