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Youth club burglar made off with €2,800

A FATHER of three who broke into a youth club and stole nearly €3,000 in cash was addicted to zimovane and snow blow at the time, a court heard.

Noel Murray (42) was identified from CCTV as the culprit but the money, a total of €2,800 in cash, was not recovered.

Judge Ann Ryan sentenced Murray to nine months in prison, saying she had to consider the victims and that the money was not retrieved.

The defendant, of Moatview Drive, Priorswood, Dublin 17, admitted before Dublin District Court to burglary at Kilmore Youth Club in Coolock last July 28.

Gda Vincent Dowley said Murray entered a staff area at around 1.25am and took €2,800 in cash.

The officer said the defendant was identified from CCTV footage at the youth club.

Gda Dowley said Murray was later questioned about the burglary and he admitted to stealing the money, which was not recovered. Gda Dowley said the youth club was unoccupied at the time of the burglary.

Murray also admitted to entering Nazareth House, Malahide Road, Dublin 3, last June 15 and stealing a purse with €9 in it.

He further pleaded guilty to trespassing behind the reception at Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary, on December 4, 2013 and taking a handbag and €80 in cash.

The court heard the defendant has 101 previous con- victions, including more than 60 for theft-related matters.

Defence solicitor Declan Fahy said Murray is an unemployed man with three children.

He said these offences were all "opportunistic crimes", no one was put in fear and Murray does not have a history of violence.

At the time of these incidents, the solicitor said, Murray had a problem with the sleeping tablet, zimovane, and with the synthetic drug snow blow.

Mr Fahy said Murray is trying hard to deal with his addic- tions.