Thursday 13 December 2018

Man (21) doesn't intend to reoffend

Swords Court
Swords Court

Nicola Donnelly

A young man who claimed his offences were caused by his excessive drinking and drug taking admitted his behaviour was 'immature and reckless'.

David Caffrey (21), who works as a casual plasterer, has now gotten his alcohol and drug taking under control and is regularly attending counselling at Cross Care, defence barrister Annette Kealy told Swords District Court.

Ms Kealy said: 'It has finally dawned on him' that he cannot continue the way he was going and after spending three and a half months in custody, he doesn't intend to re-offend.'

The defendant, of Glasmore Park in Swords pleaded guilty previously to being intoxicated, using threatening and abusive behaviour at Balheary Road on January 14, 2017.

He also pleaded guilty to being intoxicated at Cedar Square in Swords on July 9, 2017.

He further pleaded guilty to unauthorised carriage in a vehicle on Christmas Day 2016 at Pinegrove Park in Swords and to the theft of €3.95 worth of goods from Dunnes Stores at The Pavilion Shopping Centre on September 25, 2015.

He also pleaded guilty to obstruction at Brookdale Drive on December 6, 2015 and being in unlawful possession of cannabis at Boroimhe Link Road on April 4, 2015.

The defendant further pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the interior of a patrol car and to the electric door mirror of the car at Forster Way in Swords on December 10, 2015.

A Probation Report was handed into court and Ms Kealy said the defendant left school at the age of 16.

'He worked as a roofer and then in Dublin Port before becoming a plasterer,' she said.

At the age of 18 he started drinking too much and started to take illegal drugs.

'This led him into all sorts of trouble' she said, adding he has now got his alcohol and drug taking under control.

'It has finally dawned on him that his behaviour was immature and reckless,' she said.

She said the defendant is attending with the Probation Service and counselling and wants to use his time constructively.

She asked Judge Dermot Dempsey to consider adopting the recommendations of the Probation Service that the defendant is suitable for community service work.

However, as there was no evidence of urine analysis nor evidence he is attending with Cross Care, Judge Dempsey adjourned the case for this evidence to be brought to court.

He also ordered an updated Probation Report and remanded the case back to July 31 for finalisation.

Fingal Independent