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Dad-to-be may be in jail for birth

A FATHER-to-be who was a passenger in a stolen car may miss the birth of his first child after he was sentenced to four months in prison.

Paul Graham (21) and an accomplice went on a crime spree in Rathfarnham one night in January, stealing property from cars.

He was a passenger in a 2004 Dublin-registered vehicle which was stolen at Ballyroan Park, and was later crashed and written-off.

Graham, of Highfield Meadows in Portlaoise, admitted before Tallaght District Court to being a passenger in a stolen vehicle, as well as a number of counts of theft from cars.

The incidents all took place in the Rathfarnham area on January 19 last.

The court heard that Graham stole a Stanley knife and a lump hammer from a 2001-registered vehicle, as well as €15 worth of coins from a 2007-registered car and an MP3 player, worth €80, from a Kerry-registered car, all on Ballyroan Road.

The court heard that Graham had a number of previous convictions, and was currently serving a sentence.

Defence lawyer Paul Gunning said the defendant was an out-of-work labourer who had battled a drug problem for number of years.

Mr Gunning said Graham had a long-term partner who was pregnant, and she was due to give birth to the couple's first child in October.

He said Graham had a job with his girlfriend's father, who worked in construction, when he came out of prison.

The lawyer asked Judge John Coughlan not to extend Graham's time in prison, as he wanted to be with his partner for the birth of their child.

Judge Coughlan sentenced Graham to four months in prison, consequent to the six-month sentence he is currently serving.