Burglar caught in the act by Gardai
A BALLYBRACK man who was caught in the act by garda' while burgling a Shankill household was convicted of larceny and criminal damage offen...
A BALLYBRACK man who was caught in the act by garda' while burgling a Shankill household was convicted of larceny and criminal damage offences when he appeared at Bray District Court last week.
But Judge Murrough Connellan deferred sentencing until July, after he heard details of the 'marked and deliberate' steps Kenneth Kinsella of 2 River Close, Ballybrack, had taken to address his drug problem.
Kinsella (24) was charged with stealing £150 of jewellery and damaging a window at a house in River Lane Grove, Shankill, on December 15 last.
Garda Owen O'Mahony, who had been alerted to the scene by a report, told the court how he entered the house through the rear, where a window had been broken, and came across Kenneth Kinsella in the process of a burglary.
The garda witness stated that Kinsella had four previous convictions for larceny, and that a number of cases were pending at Dun Laoghaire District Court.
Solicitor Ronnie Lynam said that his client had a taken a 'marked and deliberate' approach to his drug problem, as, in relation to the matters pending, he had sought remands in custody at Dun Laoghaire to enable him to detoxify.
Kinsella had detoxified completely, was confident of gaining a place for a minimum of 12 weeks' treatment at Athlone, and would be embarking on a two-year rehab plan after completing that residential course, Mr Lynam said.
Noting what had been said, Judge Connellan registered the conviction and set a bail bond of £3 for the defendant, remanding him on bail until July 6 next for penalty.