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Laptop burglar caught after DNA found on a bloodstained envelope

A BURGLAR who stole a laptop in a house break-in was tracked down through DNA evidence on a bloodstained envelope found at the scene, a court heard.

Anthony Cahill (31) was given a three-month prison sentence after he admitted the burglary at a house in Dublin.

The accused, with an address at Clarke's Terrace, St James Walk, Rialto, pleaded guilty to burglary at a house on Crumlin Road.

Garda Jason Weir told the court the house was broken into and burgled on either February 9 or 10 last year. Cufflinks and a laptop worth €500 were taken and not recovered.


Garda Weir attended the scene and an envelope with bloodstains on it was discovered. It was sent for forensic analysis and a DNA profile matching the accused's was identified.

Cahill was later arrested and detained at Crumlin Garda Station, where the evidence was put to him and he was later charged.

The court heard Cahill had 44 previous convictions for offences including robbery. He was currently serving a six-year prison term imposed at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which was not due to expire until 2016.

The defendant had been chronically addicted to heroin, a problem which he developed from the "very young" age of 15, his solicitor Maura Kiely said.

He had been effectively raised by his grandparents and "things went downhill for him" when they died.

Cahill was now on a methadone programme in jail, where he was attending school and "adamant he is going to use his time productively".

Judge Michael Walsh made the three-month sentence concurrent to the jail term the accused is already serving.