Tuesday 25 July 2017

Dad-of-three who burgled well-known lap-dancing club jailed for a year

Club Lapello. Picture: Google Maps
Club Lapello. Picture: Google Maps

Andrew Phelan

A father-of-three who burgled a Dublin city centre strip club after getting in through an open door has been jailed for a year.

Noel Burke (30) stole €300 in cash from an unattended till at the well-known lap-dancing venue Club Lapello.

Burke, who has 133 previous convictions, was sentenced for the burglary and a series of other separate offences.

Jailing him, Judge Aeneas McCarthy noted that he had an "appalling" criminal record.

Burke, of Wolfe Tone Close, Wolfe Tone Street, pleaded guilty to trespassing at Club Lapello, Dame Street, and committing theft last June 2.

He had been in custody since being arrested for the burglary when he appeared before Dublin District Court.

The court heard that Burke entered the premises through an unlocked door at 8.40pm. Once inside, he went behind an unattended counter and took €300 from the till. He left without confronting anyone.

Staff working in the club at the time noticed that the cash was missing. Burke was identified from CCTV footage and was later arrested.

In a separate incident at Crown Alley, Temple Bar, gardai came across Burke who was highly intoxicated and arguing with a woman.

HEADBUTT

He became verbally abusive to the offices, telling them to "mind your own f**king business" and asking one if he wanted "a fight".

After he was arrested and taken to Pearse Street, he tried to headbutt a garda, the court was told.

On November 15, 2015, Burke stole beer from a shop on Cork Street. In another incident at Spring Garden Lane on October 19, 2014, he was seen in a number of transactions with other people.

Gardai searched him and found €20 worth of cocaine, as well as cash.

Burke, who has convictions for public order, theft and other offences, was already serving an eight-month sentence when he appeared in court.

He was undergoing drug treatment in prison, and his solicitor Michael Hanahoe asked Judge McCarthy not to increase the sentence.

"He was out of control for a period of time but he has taken steps to deal with the drug problem," Mr Hanahoe said.

He also asked the judge to take into account that Burke was missing Christmas with his children.

Judge McCarthy said Burke had an "appalling record" and imposed prison sentences totalling 12 months, as well as fines for other offences.

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