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Drugged-up burglar left ID at scene

A BURGLAR who was "out of it" on a cocktail of drugs and alcohol was caught after he left his identification at the scene, a court heard.

Anthony O'Connell (38) was also identified on CCTV by gardai investigating the break-in at a Dublin city centre office building.

He was given a six-month suspended sentence at Dublin District Court after Judge Ann Watkin heard O'Connell fled when he was disturbed and nothing was taken.

O'Connell, with an address at The Green, Moyglare Abbey, Maynooth, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to burglary at Middle Abbey Street on March 21, 2013.

The court heard the defendant got into the four-storey office building at 12.40am and gained entry to the top floor, where he kicked in two doors.

He was disturbed by a resident of an apartment who heard a noise and asked him to leave. He "just walked out" without taking anything and when the business owners came in the following morning, they found he had left property containing his identification.

There was CCTV footage in which gardai recognised the accused and he subsequently attended Store Street Station and identified himself.


He could not remember the incident at all and was "out of it" at the time. It cost €300 to repair the damage.

The court heard O'Connell had a large number of previous convictions for offences including burglary.

When O'Connell was at the garda station, he had been "quite thankful" to learn there had been no violence in the incident, which showed a "level of remorse", his solicitor Alan Doyle said.

Judge Watkin noted that there had been no intention by the accused to confront anyone in the premises.

The accused had been on heroin, alcohol and valium tablets at the time in a relapse after he underwent addiction treatment. He was now clean of all drugs including methadone.

O'Connell had been on heroin since the age of 16.

He accepted that he had a "horrific track record" when it came to theft, but Mr Doyle argued a jail sentence would hinder the accused's rehabilitation.

Judge Watkin said she was prepared to suspend the six-month sentence for two years as the incident had not gone any further than causing damage.