One-legged Dublin criminal caught out by his false leg after car break-in
A ONE-legged criminal who broke into a motorist's car was caught after the victim noticed his prosthetic leg and gave his description to gardai.
Christopher Whelan (33) and another man were sitting in the car late at night when the owner spotted them.
Whelan, a father-of-four, had left the country after a series of offences four years ago but had returned to Ireland at the time of the incident.
Judge Grainne O'Neill jailed him for a year.
Whelan, from Wellview Park, Mulhuddart, pleaded guilty to unlawful interference with a car and other offences.
Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Curragh Hall Crescent, in Tyrellstown, on August 9.
The victim was woken by a noise and looked out his window to see two men sitting in his car.
He shouted at them and they left, but he noticed one had a prosthetic leg.
The description was circulated and the accused was identified and arrested.
Separately, Whelan also admitted trying to break into cars while in possession of a Stanley knife at Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart, on November 11, 2013.
He also tried to break into cars at Wellview Park, Mulhuddart, on December 11 that year and was found hiding in a car front seat.
In another incident, he was intoxicated and abusive to gardai after his mother threw him out of her house for taking drugs.
Whelan had lost his leg in an accident and became addicted to drugs, his lawyer said.
Most of his offending was in support of that addiction.
He went to England and was off drugs but had a "slip" when he returned. He has 45 previous convictions.
Judge O'Neill gave him a series of consecutive three-month sentences, totalling 12 months.