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Girlfriend's miscarriage led to thief's drug relapse

A MAN caught with a screwdriver in the front garden of a house relapsed into abusing tablets after his girlfriend suffered a miscarriage, a court heard.

Eoin Jarvis (22) was sentenced to four months in prison after he admitted getting into a car and possession of articles for use in a theft.

Gda Padraic Brennan told Blanchardstown District Court he was on mobile patrol at Curragh Hall Avenue in Tyrrelstown at around 3am last November 6 when he received a report of a male acting suspiciously.

The officer said Jarvis, of Prussia Street, Dublin 7, was seen breaking a fly window and getting into a 2001-registered vehicle. He was arrested while in the driver's seat.

Gda Brian Concannon said he was on mobile patrol at Sycamore Avenue in Carpenterstown last November 29 when he saw Jarvis enter the front garden of a property.

He said Jarvis dropped a black-handled screwdriver when he was approached.

He had no lawful excuse for having the screwdriver.

The court heard Jarvis has 23 previous convictions, including for criminal damage and interfering with a vehicle. He is currently completing community service.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Jarvis had a very serious addiction to tablets but has attended counselling and is "doing very well".


She said the defendant's girlfriend suffered a miscarriage around the time of these incidents and he relapsed into taking tablets which led him to coming to the attention of gardai.

She said Jarvis is taking steps to address his addiction, has attended counselling at Coolmine Drug Treatment Centre and is now at college.

Judge McHugh said he had imposed the community service order last November and it was particularly disappointing that Jarvis was back again on a similar charge.