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Colm Donnelly pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage. (Stock picture)

Colm Donnelly pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage. (Stock picture)

Colm Donnelly pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage. (Stock picture)

A serial burglar smashed in the door of a city centre coffee shop three days after Christmas.

Colm Donnelly (43) had just been released from prison when he "continued on the same path", Dublin District Court heard.

Judge John Cheatle jailed him for nine months.

Donnelly, a father-of-two with an address at a city centre hostel, pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage.

A garda said the front door of Insomnia on South Leinster Street was smashed open on December 28 last year.

Culprit

Donnelly was found nearby, matching the description of the culprit, and was arrested.

The premises lost business as it had to remain closed for several hours the following morning because of glass on the floor.

Donnelly had 156 previous convictions. He was already serving an 11-month sentence when he appeared on the latest charges.

The only explanation he could give was that he was released from Mountjoy Prison after a sentence, was back on the streets and continued on the same path, his lawyer said.

He had also had a drug problem all his life.


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