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Sunday 4 December 2016

Burglaries are 'a scourge' says judge as thief sent to jail

Gardai arrived to find the accused being held by a number of residents (Stock picture)
Gardai arrived to find the accused being held by a number of residents (Stock picture)

Burglaries are the "scourge of Ireland", a judge has said while jailing an offender.

Judge David McHugh said he believed the crime should be dealt with "appropriately."

He made the remark while sentencing a man to four months in prison for a burglary in which he assaulted an apartment resident who stopped him leaving the scene.

Glen Creed (31), of Bawnlea Close, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, trespass with intent to cause fear and assault.

He was already serving a prison sentence for a separate offence when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court and the judge made the four months concurrent.

The court heard the incident happened at Carrig Court apartments, Saggart on December 21, 2014.

Sgt Mary Doherty said gardai arrived to find the accused being held by a number of residents.

He had entered the building without permission and tried to get away, hitting one of the residents in the arm while doing so.

Injury

Asked what the nature of the injury was, Sgt Doherty said there was no indication the victim had attended hospital.

The court heard Creed had a large number of previous convictions for theft, firearms and other offences.

Creed had been addicted to heroin and his prior convictions went back to 2012, while his behaviour had improved more recently, his barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said.

He had detoxed in Mountjoy and had a release date from his current prison sentence in 2019.

Judge McHugh said he believed the defendant was at a high risk of re-offending.

"Matters of this type are a scourge in this city and county and in rural parts and as far as I am concerned, they should be dealt with appropriately."

He dated the four-month sentence from the time of conviction and said he had considered making it consecutive to the jail term that Creed is already serving.

The accused did not address the court.

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