Monday 18 December 2017

Man stole jewellery and iPhones from Dalkey home after boating excursion, court told

Man stole jewellery and iPhones from Dalkey home after boating excursion, court told
Man stole jewellery and iPhones from Dalkey home after boating excursion, court told

Jessica Magee

A teenager is to be sentenced later for burgling a house in South County Dublin along with two others, after they stumbled on the property during a boating excursion to Dalkey.

Trevor Spellman (19) said he only wanted to enjoy his day and “have a laugh” when he and some friends rented a boat for a fishing trip.

He told gardaí he jumped off the boat with another fellow for a swim and then they pulled into a jetty, whereupon they found a property on Coliemore Road with a door open.

The trio ransacked the upstairs of the house and made off with a large quantity of jewellery, several iPhones and sets of keys to a Ferrari and a Landrover.

A sentence hearing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the men were drunk and had taken drugs on the day. Spellman, a father-of-one from Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty to trespass and theft on July 6, 2014.

Judge Desmond Hogan adjourned sentencing to October 5 when two co-accused men will also be sentenced.

Detective Garda Margaret Cleary told Diarmuid Collins BL, prosecuting, that the three youths were identified on CCTV footage. They had thrashed the upstairs of the house, pulled doors off wardrobes and pulled out drawers.

Among other items, they made off with several pairs of sunglasses, cuff links, an imitation Louis Vuitton handbag, men's cuff links and a quantity of costume jewellery.

An occupant of the house used the tracking device on his iPhone and came across a group of men, to whom he paid €40 to get his phone back.

The only other item recovered was a set of keys found by a member of the public in Bullock Harbour.

Spellman was arrested some six weeks later and said he didn't know why he had committed the offence or exactly what he had taken. He has 37 previous minor convictions, 18 of which are for road traffic offences.

The court heard Spellman is now in custody and has completed some courses and is making efforts to rehabilitate himself.

Gda Cleary told Eoin Lawlor BL, defending, that Spellman came across as “decent” when he was sober and could have a future if he pulled himself together.

The court heard Spellman had written a letter of apology. Letters were also presented from his partner and his parents.

Counsel said Spellman had showed great talent as a young soccer player and had played on the first Junior Team for Shamrock Rovers, but that he had “gone off the rails early”.

He said Spellman was doing well in custody and had achieved enhanced prisoner status. Judge Hogan said Spellman was going to have to come to grips with his drug problem. He ordered an updated probation report and a governor's report.

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