Tuesday 17 October 2017

Burglar caught after leaving cigarette butt at crime scene

Declan Brennan

A BURGLAR who was caught when gardai found his DNA on a cigarette butt left at the house he broke into has received a five year jail term.

Anthony Carrick (34) of Knowth Court, Poppintree, Ballymun, pleaded guilty to carrying out a burglary at The Presidents House, Albert College, DCU, Ballymun Road on February 27, 2011.

He also pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the burglary of a house at New Park, Old Airport Road, Santry on June 26, 2011. He was out on bail for the first offence at the time of this second burglary.

Garda Andrew Fox told Monika Leech BL, prosecuting, that analysis of fingerprints recovered from the house in DCU linked Carrick, who has 65 previous convictions, to the crime. Computer console games and controllers were taken during the burglary.

In the second incident the three residents of house at Santry returned home to find their house had being broken into. A laptop, a TV and a computer games console were taken.

The residents found a cigarette butt in the house. When gardai analysed this they found Carrick’s DNA and re-arrested him.

Gda Fox told Anne Rowland BL, defending, said that the accused was drowsy, incoherent and intoxicated when he was arrested.

He agreed that Carrick’s previous convictions, which include theft, burglary and threats to kill, are all related to his chronic drug addiction.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a five year jail term but suspended the last 18 months on the condition that Carrick be of good behaviour for that time.

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