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Friday 19 September 2014

Fingerprint evidence leads to conviction

Published 13/11/2012 | 12:30

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FINGERPRINT evidence led to the conviction of burglar Robert Wallace (23) from 9 Woodview Drive in Adamstown last week, more than two years after the offence considered at the District Court.

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Wallace came before the court to plead guilty to entering a house in Carleys Bridge near Enniscorthy in October 2010. Garda Inspector Pat Cody reported that it appeared the accused intended to remove copper wiring from the premises and €100 worth of damage was done to light switches.

Fingerprints recovered at the scene led to the prosecution of Wallace by Garda Catherine Keogh. It turned out that the same man had previous convictions for theft, burglary and trespass as well as motoring offences.

Solicitor Caitriona Walsh traced her client's misbehaviour back to when his father, with whom her client had what she called a 'fractious relationship', left home and went to England. Ms. Walsh pointed out that Wallace was already in touch with the probation service and had found probation officer Veronica Brooks very supportive.

She said the defendant would like to pay compensation, though she admitted there was no money in court.

Judge Gerard Haughton ordered 100 hours of community service in lieu of three months in jail.

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