Wednesday 21 February 2018

Jailed burglar admits: ‘I’m the bane of Dun Laoghaire Garda Station’

Jessie Magee

A convicted burglar who admitted to being “the bane of Dun Laoghaire Garda Station” has been jailed for three years.

Noel Blake (37), of Gleann na Rí, Cabinteely, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three charges of burglary on separate occasions in 2011, while he was on bail for a similar offence.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said Blake had “kept the court system consistently busy for the last twenty years” but acknowledged that he had now taken steps to address his drug problem.

She imposed a six year sentence with the final three suspended on condition that Blake remains under probation services supervision and follows its directions.

Addressing the court at the sentence hearing, Blake said he had been in trouble ever since he was 16 when he went into prison and came out a drug addict two years later.

He agreed with Marie Torrens BL, defending, that he had been an “out-and-out scallywag and a villain”, but said that since completing a drug treatment programme he has “copped on to himself” and has been drug-free for 14 months.

Blake pleaded guilty to robbing €3,565 in cash from New Paddy Electronics on Convent Road in Dun Laoghaire on September 25, 2011.

The court heard that he threw the cash out his car window as he was driving while being pursued by a garda car.

Blake also pleaded guilty to stealing a millennium coin and a set of car keys from a property on Newgrove Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4 on July 25, 2011.

He also pleaded guilty to trespassing in such a manner as to cause fear in a back garden on Durham Road, Sandymount on the same occasion.

Blake was also found guilty of possessing a heavy duty crow bar with intent to commit a burglary on February 10, 2011 at a property at Glenmalure, Kilmore Avenue, Killiney.

Judge Ring warned Blake that he was “on his last legs” unless he kept to his bail terms, including signing on twice weekly and obeying a 10.30pm curfew.

The court heard that since completing a drug detox, rehabilitation and aftercare programme, Blake has regained access to his 10-year-old daughter, is studying for his Leaving Cert, has learned computer skills, and is helping out with suicide awareness programmes in his community.

He said his life now is better than it ever has been, and he apologised to the victims of his crimes.

The court heard that he has a total of 116 previous convictions, 94 of which are for road traffic offences.

Judge Ring backdated the sentence to May this year when he went into custody.

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