Pet shop burglar jailed €600 worth of birds died in robbery
A man who burgled a pet shop which resulted in over €600 worth of birds dying due to shock and the cold as the doors were left open has been sentenced to three months in prison.
Sean Brady (34) was arrested for the burglary after his blood was found at the scene, Swords District Court has heard.
Brady of Clonliffe Road in Drumcondra had pleaded guilty to the burglary at Kinsealy Pet Store in Dublin on October 24, 2013.
Garda Killian Layden gave evidence that around 10.30pm the owner of the store, Aidan O'Connor became aware there was an intruder in the pet store.
Mr O'Connor saw a man fleeing from the aviary area and running towards a red BMW. Mr O'Connor struck the vehicle with a hatchet and he had to jump out of the way of the car.
Gda Layden agreed with defence counsel Patrick Jackson that Brady had met gardai by appointment and pleaded guilty to the offence.
Mr Jackson said Brady, who has ten previous convictions, has a drug habit and tries to make money through illegal means.
Brady recently had a one year sentence of a three year suspended sentence re-activated at Trim Circuit Court for unlawful possession of drugs for sale or supply.
Judge Denis McLoughlin said there are consequences attached to committing an offence under a suspended sentence and sentenced him to three months in prison to run consecutively to the sentence Brady is currently serving.