Tuesday 20 February 2018

Man who spat at garda after showing how he burgled a credit union is remanded in custody pending sentence

Credit union
Credit union

Aoife Nic Ardghail

A Dublin man who showed gardai how he had burgled a credit union but later turned aggressive and spat at an officer's eye has been remanded in custody pending sentence.

Thomas Plunkett (44) of Markievicz House, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at St Patrick's Credit Union, Herbert Place, attempted burglary at Merrion Square and assault of Garda Paul Carroll at Pearse Street Garda Station on Easter Monday, April 21, 2014.

He has 64 previous convictions including 18 burglaries, one robbery and three assaults all dealt with at district court level.

Plunkett was caught with a laptop and overhead projector belonging to the credit union a short distance from where he had tried to break into a Merrion Square home.

Garda Barry Moran said Plunkett, who had cuts and blood on his face, neck and hands, initially claimed he didn't know what was in the two bags that he'd been trying to hide.

He then co-operated and showed gardaí the credit union's smashed rear window, but later turned aggressive when officers took his phone.

Gda Moran said the Merrion Square householder had spotted Plunkett on a roof near her drawing room window and called gardaí after telling him to “clear away”.

Gardaí responded to the call and found Plunkett, who matched the intruder's description, at Mount Street Crescent.

He brought them to the credit union, where he had stolen the €500 laptop, €400 overhead projector and caused €435 damage to the window.

Plunkett refused to switch off his phone on the way to the garda station and became aggressive after it was taken from him.

He had to be carried into the station by the hands and feet and was placed in a cell, where he jumped up off the bunk and spat at Gda Carroll.

Gda Moran said Gda Carroll used antibacterial wipes on the area just below his eye. He agreed with Oisin Clarke BL, defending, that Plunkett had been intoxicated at the time.

Mr Clarke submitted to Judge Sarah Berkeley that his client offered no excuses for his aggression, but couldn't recall the day as he had taken so many tablets.

Counsel said Plunkett got involved with heroin as a young teenager due to a tragic bereavement and then relapsed when his wife died in 2012.

Mr Clarke submitted that his client had a good work history and used to delivery medication to infirm elderly people for a pharmacy.

Judge Berkeley put the matter back for a probation services report and told the court that any structure in the sentence imposed would be based on that report.

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