Friday 30 September 2016

Man wrote apology letters after break-ins

Published 15/08/2015 | 13:27

A MAN who broke into four premises on the same night to steal items wrote letters of apologies to the owners, a court has heard.

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Keith Vickers (30) did not sign his name to the letters but dropped them into each premise shortly after he committed the offences.

Vickers, who has a long-standing drug addiction, "fell off the wagon" after he was assaulted and went back on drugs, which is the cause of his offending behaviour, defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy explained to Balbriggan District Court.

Inspector Declan Yates said when Vickers - who has 30 previous convictions - broke into the Youth Reach Centre he stole a camcorder, two cameras and a laptop, all of which were recovered.

Addicted

Ms D'Arcy said Vickers was addicted to tranquilizers. "He is hoping to get onto a drug stabilisation programme in Beaumont Hospital," she said.

Vickers, of Hampton Green in Balbriggan, pleaded guilty to committing burglary and trespass at a private garage, two sheds and Balbriggan Youth Reach Centre on Dublin Street, Balbriggan, on May 6 last year.

Judge McNamara ordered a pre-sentencing Probation Report to include the defendant's suitability for drug treatment and remanded him on continuing bail to reappear before the court on October 1.

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