Friday 24 January 2020

'An alarming wake-up call' - Builder 'horrified' at how life fell apart after job loss

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Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A construction worker who lost his job after he broke his hand was shocked at how quickly he ended up homeless and using drugs, a court heard.

Marko Danolic (37) has spent more than two months in custody on theft-related charges and prison has been an "alarming wake-up call" for him, his solicitor said.

Judge Kathryn Hutton imposed a three-month sentence at Cloverhill District Court.

The defendant, who is homeless, admitted stealing wine and spirits worth €214 from Tesco, Dublin 2, on May 13.

He also stole meat products worth €94 as well as a grey hoodie valued at €39 and groceries worth €92 from a number of city centre stores on dates in May and June this year.

The property was recovered, said Sgt Brendan Stynes.

Danolic was further caught with a black-handled knife at Tesco Express, Dublin 1.

The defendant has no previous convictions, the court heard.

Danolic is originally from Croatia and came to Ireland to work, first in a restaurant. He then found a better-paying job in construction, said defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury.

He broke his hand, leading to him losing his job and his accommodation and ended up sleeping in a doorway at Merchants Quay, Ms Bambury added.

Danolic met a woman and started a relationship with her. However, she was an addict and he also started abusing drugs and alcohol.

The defendant is a very intelligent man and is "horrified" at how quickly his life unravelled, said Ms Bambury, adding that Danolic, who is divorced, has two children in Croatia and was anxious to go home.

His family is helping to support his children while he is in custody, she said, adding that he has found it difficult in Ireland as he has no family here.

Prison had been an "alarming wake-up call" for him, she said.

The judge backdated the three-month sentence to when Danolic first went into custody.


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