Thursday 25 April 2019

Man (28) jailed after series of charges

Incidents included stealing TV from elderly man in St Peter's Terrace

A 28-year-old man who numbered an old-age pensioner among his victims, has been sentenced to 10 months in jail after pleading guilty to a number of theft and criminal damage charges.

Michael Cruise, Beechwood Drive, stole a television worth €640 from a 77-year-old man's house in St Peter's Terrace on 22 November, 2017.

Sgt Ray Brady told the court that while the injured party was not able to be present, he wanted the judge to know he resides on his own in private rental accommodation for which he pays from his pension.

He also had to pay to replace the television from his own funds, and was seeking remuneration.

Cruise also admitted stealing a car battery from Boyne Cars, Donore Road on 27 November, 2017; an iPhone worth €700 from St Paul's NS, Marley's Lane on 20 February, 2018; and, on the same date, a laptop which was for sale for €75 in a second-hand shop.

On 1 April last he stole bottles of spirits from Lidl, and on 29 May a strimmer and petrol can from St Paul's NS.

Cruise admitted breaking a window in Rathmullen Park on 17 July, and nine days later, a door window in Garvey's Pub, Newfoundwell.

He held his hand up to trespassing at a property in Beechwood Drive on 30 July and taking headphones from a woman on Dominic's Bridge on 5 October last.

Barrister Irene Sands said that Cruise has been on remand in custody since 21 February last.

He struggled with an addiction to tablets, and wanted to apologise to his victims.

Judge Coughlan imposed the ten-month sentence for the theft of the laptop, and back-dated it to 21 February.

He took the other charges into account, as well as what Sgt Brady said about the old-age pensioner.

Drogheda Independent