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warrant as dad fails to show for sentence

A BENCH warrant has been issued for a father of a child with special needs who failed to appear in court after he was given three weeks to organise care for his son before serving a prison sentence.

David Dwyer (32) was due to hand himself in yesterday so he could begin serving a five-month sentence, but he failed to appear and could not be contacted by his legal team.

He had been sentenced to five months after he was found on the landing of a house with a screwdriver, balaclava and a walkie-talkie.

Judge David McHugh imposed the sentence last month but had agreed to postpone it for three weeks so Dwyer could organise respite care for his son.

The judge said he was "much disappointed" that Dwyer had not shown up.

The defendant, of Deansrath Avenue, Clondalkin, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to burglary and possession of articles at Meadowview Grove, Lucan last September 20.

The court previously heard Dwyer was seen hopping over the back wall of a house. He was later caught on the landing with a screwdriver, torch, gloves, vice grips, balaclava and 10 radiator valves. He also admitted separate charges of shoplifting and growing cannabis plants at his home.

Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny had said Dwyer has a drink problem, which has been a recurring theme in his offending behaviour.