Judge delays sentencing until after birthday
A JUDGE has allowed a serial burglar to have his sentence delayed until after his birthday, but warned him not to celebrate "too much".
Judge Mary Ellen Ring told Darren Coffey (35), with an address at Judge Darley's Hostel, to continue co-operating with probation officers and FAS for three months before she hands down a sentence for a February 2012 burglary at Blackhall Place, Dublin, in October.
When Coffey pointed out his birthday would be on October 28, Judge Ring asked whether it would be better for him to be sentenced before or after. Coffey replied after, so Judge Ring remanded him on continuing bail for sentence on October 31.
"Just don't celebrate too much, and continue on the path you are on, because otherwise we will fall out," she advised.
Coffey has 80 previous convictions for burglary.