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suspended sentence for man who admitted car break-ins

A YOUNG man who admitted his part in a series of car break-ins on the same street in one day has been given a three-month suspended sentence.

Neil Fitzpatrick (26) had "fallen in with the wrong crowd" when he interfered with seven different vehicles, some of which had been left unlocked.

Judge Alan Mitchell suspended the sentence for a year at Dublin District Court.

Fitzpatrick, with an address at Inglewood Road, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty to seven counts of unauthorised interference with vehicles at Dean Swift Green, Glasnevin, as well as possession of a stolen iPod on September 3 last. Garda Paul Butler said he received a report that two men were interfering with a number of vehicles on the street.

The co-accused, a juvenile, fled the scene and a description was given of Fitzpatrick who later admitted the offence when cautioned by Garda Butler.

The accused, who had one previous conviction for a minor offence, had started smoking cannabis aged 13 and this led him to fall in with a bad crowd, his barrister said.