Judge gives housebreaker time to organise childcare before prison
A FATHER of a child with special needs has been given three weeks to organise care for his eight-year-old son before handing himself in to serve a five-month sentence.
David Dwyer (32) was found on the landing of a house with a screwdriver and balaclava as well as a walkie-talkie.
Dwyer, of Deansrath Avenue, Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to burglary and possession of articles at Meadowview Grove, Lucan, last September 20.
The court heard that Dwyer was seen hopping over the back wall of a house.
He was later caught on the landing with a screwdriver, torch, gloves, vice grips, balaclava and 10 radiator valves.
He also admitted stealing groceries worth €150 from Dunnes Stores, Ninthlock Road, Clondalkin, last July 11, 2013 and to growing two cannabis plants at his home on October 28, 2011.
Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny said Dwyer has a drink problem, which has been a recurring theme in his offending behaviour. He said Dwyer normally steals alcohol to drink it. He had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous but had a relapse a month ago.
Mr Kenny said Dwyer has an eight-year-old son with autism, and he is the child’s sole carer.
Judge David McHugh imposed a five-month sentence but agreed to postpone it for three weeks to a date in July so Dwyer can organise respite care for his son.