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Thief asleep in golf club after crashing car

A MAN who was found fast asleep in a drug-induced stupor after he stole a car and broke into a Dublin golf club has been jailed for four years.

The car, an Audi A4, was found impaled on security bollards outside the club with the engine still running.

Wayne Keogh (33) admitted burglary and the unlawful use of a car at the Slade Valley Golf Club in Saggart on December 20, 2012.

SENTENCES

JUDGE CARMEL STEWART IMPOSED CONSECUTIVE SENTENCES TOTALLING SIX YEARS AND SUSPENDED THE FINAL TWO YEARS ON STRICT CONDITIONS.

The father-of-one was on bail at the time for a series of burglaries and attempted house break-ins carried out in Dundrum a few weeks earlier on October 22, 2012.

He pleaded guilty to all the offences, telling gardai they were "an act of desperation" committed in the throes of his addiction to heroin and crack cocaine.

Keogh, of Russell View, Tallaght, was described in court as "a deep thinker and a very highly intelligent man" who has not been given adequate support in life.

Defence counsel Sarah Jane O'Callaghan BL told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Keogh was sentenced to two years' detention at the age of 13, when he began dabbling in drugs.

"From the moment he started getting into prison, the answer seems to have been to put him away and lock him up. It hasn't worked," said Ms O'Callaghan.

The court heard that when not in prison, Keogh has been involved in working for the Irish Cancer Society.

After working for the charity in a voluntary capacity, they hired him and described him in a letter to the court as a "model employee".

Keogh has 44 previous convictions, including 20 for theft, nine for road traffic offences, three for drugs offences and one for assault.

Gda Diarmaid Lawlor told John Byrne BL, prosecuting, that management at Slade Valley Golf Club were alerted to a break-in when an alarm went off on December 20, 2012.

MANAGER

MANAGER DERMOT CLANCY ARRIVED AT THE CLUB AT 8.30AM TO SEE AN AUDI A4 IMPALED ON STEEL SECURITY BOLLARDS AT THE ENTRANCE, WITH THE ENGINE STILL RUNNING.

He also saw that the windows on the side door of the clubhouse had been smashed and that extensive damage had been done throughout the building.

He waited for other club members and gardai to arrive and they entered together to find a man fast asleep on the floor behind the counter of the golf shop.

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