A DRUG addict who ransacked a man's house while he was at work and stole his television has been jailed for seven months.
Darragh Gaynor (25) had built up drug debts at the time he burgled the victim's house.
Gaynor, with an address at Pimlico, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to burglary at The Manor House, St Augustine's Park, Blackrock, on November 4, 2011.
Sgt Peadar McCann told Dun Laoghaire District Court the victim left his house at 8.20am and returned at 6.50pm to find it ransacked and the TV stolen.
Gaynor was identified by fingerprints left at the scene.
The court heard Gaynor had 24 previous convictions for offences, including theft, criminal damage, possession of knives and public order breaches.
He had previously been given prison sentences – some of which had been suspended.
"He accepts he has a bad record and is under no illusions that a custodial sentence will probably be imposed in relation to this offence," Gaynor's barrister Anne Marie Whelan told the court.
Since being in custody, Gaynor was now clean of drugs and attending a health and fitness course.
Judge Bridget Reilly said Gaynor had a "dreadful history".
"It seems to me that he has been treated leniently by the courts in the past.
"He has been given various sentences that have allowed him to remain at liberty or take up alternatives to prison, and he continued as we have heard."
She said the only thing she could give him credit for was his guilty plea.
The judge imposed the sentence and set recognisances in the event of an appeal.