School burglar left with limp after leap
A FORMER horse-riding instructor who hatched a plan with pals to raid a school shattered his ankle when he jumped from the roof to escape, a court heard.
Liam Jones (36) will walk with a limp for the rest of his life after he shattered his heel and ankle in 13 places.
Jones was removing a computer through a skylight when gardai arrived. A judge sentenced him to six months in jail but suspended it for two years.
Jones, of Shangan Green in Ballymun, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a charge of burglary at Ballymun Trinity Comprehensive School on May 25 last.
Garda Barry Duggan said when he arrived three men ran on to the roof and tried to flee.
The garda said Jones tried to remove a computer through a skylight in the roof, but he couldn't get the computer through it.
Two burglars escaped but Jones was caught when he fell after he jumped from the roof. The court heard the defendant has 28 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.
Defence lawyer Aoife O'Leary said Jones had paid a high price for his crime as he had a permanent limp.
He contracted MRSA in hospital and is still receiving treatment for it. He walks with the aid of a crutch.
A court previously heard that he left school at 15 and once worked as a horse-riding instructor, but has been out of work for some time.