Burglar (56) has spent most of life behind bars
A 56-YEAR-old burglar with 85 previous convictions has spent more of his life in prison than in the community, a court has heard.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Joseph Tyrell had been in and out of custody since he was 16.
The longest time he had spent out of prison in the past 40 years had been 15 months.
Tyrell's convictions included 27 for burglary, three for aggravated burglary and four for robbery.
Tyrell, of Poddle Close, Kimmage, Dublin, pleaded guilty to burglary at Lower Kimmage Road on August 31 last week.
Det Gda Jason Weir told Eoin Lawlor, prosecuting, that Tyrell was identified after the homeowners took CCTV of the break-in to gardai.
Tyrell had taken €600 from a wallet in the house after gaining entry through an open window.
Det Gda Weir agreed with Ronan Kennedy, defending, that the offence had been opp- ortunistic.
Mr Kennedy told Judge Cormac Quinn that the root of Tyrell's problems was a combination of institutionalisation, a chaotic lifestyle and drug addiction.
He added that the father-of-three was committed to bettering himself.
Judge Quinn adjourned sentencing until March 2.