Monday 25 September 2017

Young man gets jail for 15-month crime spree

Fiona Ferguson

A YOUNG man with a "violent propensity" has been given an eight year sentence for a 15-month crime spree including dangerous driving, assault, robbery and threatening a garda.

Michael Kinsella (20) started off 2011 by assaulting a man after a party, later that year he drove the wrong way down the M50 in a stolen car and earlier this year he took a child’s Nintendo DS in a frightening robbery of the boy’s father witnessed by the child.



He later threatened a female gardai with a golf club as she tried to arrest him at his home.



Kinsella of Tonlegee Road, Raheny, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Swiftbrook Estate, Tallaght on New Years Day 2011 and unlawful use of a car, dangerous driving and driving without insurance on the M50 northbound on May 22, 2011.



He further pleaded guilty to robbery and producing an article capable of inflicting serious harm while obstructing a garda at Tonlegee Road, Coolock on March 13, 2012



Kinsella has 26 previous convictions including robbery, violent disorder, burglary, criminal damage, assault and road traffic offences.



Judge Martin Nolan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court said Kinsella had "demonstrated a violent propensity over a period of time." He said his offences on the M50 had put the lives of others at risk "which demonstrates a lack of insight and thought for others."



"He is not the brightest person in the world but he knows the difference between right and wrong," commented Judge Nolan.



Judge Nolan imposed consecutive sentences totalling eight years but suspended the final two years on strict conditions.



Sandra Frayne, defending, submitted that Kinsella had significant intellectual difficulties and had been abusing alcohol and drugs from the age of twelve.



His parents had problems managing him and he has had no education due to his behavioural issues leaving him unable to read or write. He is now in 23-hour-lock up in St Patricks Institution and unable to attend school.



She said he had accepted he has been "an absolute terror" for the last year and a half and wants to improve himself.

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