A BURGLAR who stole money from birthday cards has been sentenced to five years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
David Goulding (35) has 20 previous convictions for offences including intimidation of a witness, assault and road traffic offences.
Goulding with an address at Whitechapel Grove, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty to two burglaries at Ardilaun Court, Portmarnock, on March 10, 2005.
Judge Patricia Ryan had adjourned the case last month after hearing evidence to allow a probation and welfare report be prepared. This report was not ready for today’s hearing but Goulding insisted that the case be finalised.
Judge Ryan said she had taken into account the seriousness of the burglaries, the fact that Goulding has taken bench warrants previously and the fact he has a significant number of previous convictions.
She accepted that Goulding has made efforts to rehabilitate before she suspended the final 18 months of the sentence on strict conditions.
Garda Shane McGrath told Fiona Murphy BL, prosecuting, that two houses were broken into on the night. In the first house a television and stereo system were taken.
In the second house €190 cash was taken from birthday cards. Dunnes Stores vouchers were also taken as well as a mobile phone and various tools.
Gardai had been alerted and spotted a man coming from a garden who ran after looking in their direction. There was also a second man in the garden, Goulding, who was chased and arrested by gardai.
The television, stereo system, and tools were recovered nearby.
When Goulding was searched at the garda station €190 cash and Dunnes Stores vouchers were found on him.
Gda McGrath agreed with Conor Devalley SC, defending, that Goulding had offered gardai the keys to his car after being apprehended.
Mr Devalley said Goulding had spent some time out of the jurisdiction before returning to Ireland where he was treated for injuries and came to the attention of gardai. He has spent almost a year in custody.
He said Goulding was a married father of one who now has a lot to live for. He submitted Goulding was at a cross roads and seems to have turned a corner.