Friday 17 November 2017

Two burglars may escape prison sentence

Swords Court
Swords Court

Two men who were involved in a burglary at a Swords newsagents may avoid prison sentences if they are deemed suitable for community service work.

Christopher Dunne (23) and Dean Martin (32) removed plywood from a rear window to gain access to Centra on Main Street in Swords at 11.10pm.

The alarm was activated and the men were monitored on CCTV by the shop owner.

Dunne removed just over €3,500 worth of cigarettes and tobacco and placed them in a Sports Direct sports bag. He was arrested on the rooftop of the newsagent while Martin was found hiding in a wheelie bin in the rear yard.

Dunne, of Coultry Place in Ballymun pleaded guilty to burglary at the newsagents and handling stolen property on February 19th.

Martin, also of Coultry Place, pleaded guilty to burglary on the same date in the same newsagent.

Dunne has four previous convictions while Martin has 35 previous convictions, Swords District Court heard.

Garda Colin Fitzpatrick agreed with defence solicitor for Dunne, Fiona D'Arcy that all the items were recovered and there was no damage caused to the premises.

She said Dunne openly admits he was under the influence of drugs at the time.

Defence barrister for Martin, Patrick Jackson said the 32-year-old has been 'in and out of prison but it doesn't seem to have made a difference.'

'He's on a CE scheme in Ballymun and has never been offered the opportunity to complete community service work,' said Mr Jackson.

Judge Dermot Dempsey remanded the pair on continuing bail until June 26th for them to be assessed for 240 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.

Fingal Independent

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