Thursday 23 November 2017

Thief jailed for 10 months back out in two days

Barry Duggan

A JUDGE has ordered that a senior prison manager explain why a criminal who received a 10-month jail sentence was back on the streets committing further offences just two days into that sentence.

A representative of Limerick Prison management has been asked to appear in Limerick District Court on Wednesday after the man walked out of the prison on the temporary release.

Judge Tom O'Donnell said he was interested to know the criteria for a prisoner to be granted temporary release.

Paul Foran (27) received a 10-month prison sentence on March 23 for committing a number of offences while on temporary release from a previous 10-month sentence handed down in January. The crimes included stealing a laptop, an iPod, a PlayStation games console and jewellery worth €1,400 from a house at Grove Island, Corbally, Limerick, on March 3. Ten days later, Foran stole two laptops and a camera from an office building at Little Ellen Street, Limerick, and was arrested on the same night after he was observed acting suspiciously with a claw hammer outside the offices of an accountancy firm at Henry Street in the city.


Defence solicitor Sarah Ryan told Judge O'Donnell last week that Foran was sentenced to 10 months in prison last month, but he was freed on temporary release two days later.

"He didn't want to be released," Ms Ryan said, as her client wanted to avail of drug treatment. Foran, of North Claughaun Road, Garryowen, Limerick, is a serial offender who has recorded 92 criminal convictions and has had a long battle with a variety of drugs.

He pleaded guilty last week to stealing kegs of Guinness and Budweiser from the Salt House restaurant in Limerick on March 9.

He was also arrested for trespassing at the Grove Island student complex in Corbally on March 11. He was later granted temporary release two days into his last prison sentence.

Judge O'Donnell said he did not want to sound critical "but questions have to be asked".

He said that Foran was "back on the streets committing further crime" two days after being sentenced to 10 months.

The judge remanded Foran in custody to appear before the same court on Wednesday and requested that a representative from Limerick Prison be present to explain what the criteria was for inmates to be allowed to leave jail on temporary release.

Irish Independent

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