Sunday 28 December 2014

Blackrock burglar stole to pay off debts

Eimear Cotter

Published 13/01/2014 | 16:36

A YOUNG man who was disturbed by a homeowner after he heard a noise at his kitchen window was looking for money or goods to sell so he could pay off a drug debt, a court heard.

John Paul Kelly (20) apologised for his behaviour, saying he started taking cannabis but quickly moved to cocaine and he ran up drug debts.

Kelly ran away when he was disturbed by the householder in Blackrock and he was found by gardai a short distance away.

Judge Bridget Reilly imposed a four month sentence.

The defendant, with an address at Kilbride Grove in Bray, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to attempted burglary and theft at Rock Road in Blackrock on December 9, 2012.

Garda Michael McArdle said the victim heard a noise at a back window around midnight.

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He said the victim came downstairs to investigate and when he turned on a light in the kitchen he saw a man in a blue hoodie standing outside.

The court heard the window was broken and the frame damaged during the incident.

Gda McArdle said the area was searched by officers and Kelly was found a short distance away, at Blackrock Park. The garda said Kelly was later interviewed by officers and he admitted damaging the window of the house and taking the cash from a vehicle at Rock Road.

The court heard Kelly has 22 previous convictions, and is currently serving a three year sentence for burglary.

Defence lawyer Rory Staines said Kelly wished to apologise for his behaviour. He said Kelly was now drug-free.

Judge Reilly imposed a four month sentence consecutive to a three year sentence Kelly is currently serving.

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