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Judge Martin Nolan

Judge Martin Nolan

Judge Martin Nolan

A JUDGE has been forced to send a serial burglar to another court for sentencing after hearing that the man had previously broken into his house.

Vincent McNally (32) was due to be sentenced by Judge Martin Nolan. However, his defence counsel told him it may be best for another judge to deal with it.

"Are you saying Mr McNally burgled my house?" the judge asked, adding that he had been burgled twice in the past. Counsel replied that this was the case.

"I'll send him to a court that's less prejudiced," Judge Nolan joked before sending McNally to Judge Patrick McCartan's court.

McNally of The Court, St Anne's Park, Shankill, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three burglaries in the Shankill area in February 2014. He also admitted possession of gloves with intent to commit burglary in Shankill on April 28, 2014.

He has 54 previous convictions, 24 for burglary, one for robbery, one for aggravated burglary, one for theft and one for handling stolen property.

Judge McCartan later described McNally as "a serious committed criminal" and remanded him in custody pending sentencing to allow for him to be assessed by the Probation Service.

"My first reaction was to send you to prison for as long as the law permits me to and at some stage you would get to grow up and realise there is a time to stop," he said.

The judge noted from McNally's record that he was jailed for almost every offence he committed. He said he was ordering a probation report "to see what can be done with the likes of him" and added that if McNally has any interest in dealing seriously with his problems he would give him a chance.

"If he can mend his ways I'll give him a chance," Judge McCartan said before he adjourned the case to May 25 next.

Irish Independent