THE son of Scissor Sister Linda Mulhall has been locked up for a year after being snared by gardai who used the tracking software on a stolen iPhone to locate a stolen car in which he was a passenger.
Dublin Circuit Court heard that James Farrelly (19) suffered a harrowing level of abuse as a child.
This abuse has led to the criminal prosecution of his mother' Linda's former partner Wayne Kinsella, who is now serving a life sentence for a separate crime in which he committed a horrific murder.
Farrelly (19) was one of three men caught red-handed by gardai after the burglars had stopped the car to go through their stolen haul.
The group then led gardai on a high-speed chase which ended only after local gardai in Tankardstown, Co Meath, put a stinger device across a road to deflate the tyres of their car.
Farrelly, of Riverside Park, Roseberry, Newbridge, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at Hadleigh Green, Castleknock, Dublin, on January 7, 2012.
He also pleaded guilty to stealing two bicycles from PJ Fogarty at Stockton Green, Castleknock, on the same date.
Judge Martin Nolan sentenced him to three years in prison but suspended the last two years for a period of two years.
Detective Sergeant Paul Tallon told the court that Farrelly and two other men stole the bikes first and used them to cycle to the home of Paul Heffernan at Hadleigh Green.
They forced their way into Mr Heffernan s home and took the keys to his Mercedes.
They also stole a handbag, an iPhone and an iPad.
When Mr Heffernan returned home he raised the alarm and gardai used the iPhone's GPS software to track the burglars to Meath.
The court heard Farrelly has 46 previous convictions, including two for burglary and being a passenger in a stolen car.
At the time of this offence he was on bail.
Judge Martin Nolan said that Farrelly had become a menace to society.
His mother (36) was jailed for 15 years for the man- slaughter of her mother's boyfriend Farah Swaleh Noor in Dublin in 2005.
His aunt Charlotte (29) got life for the brutal killing.
The sisters chopped up the body and dumped it in the Royal Canal.
Farrelly is currently serving a separate sentence in Wheatfield Prison for burglary.