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Burglar jailed for break-in

A YOUNG man who burgled a woman's house in south Dublin has been jailed for six months.

Lee Kelly (21) stole a watch and cash in the break-in.

Judge David McHugh suspended another six months for two years.

Kelly, of Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft of a €20 watch and a small amount of cash at Monastery Walk, Clondalkin, on April 11 or 12 last year.

Blanchardstown District Court heard he had been abusing drugs but was now clean and asked Judge David McHugh to give him a chance.

"There would be no justice if Mr Kelly were to walk out of the courtroom a free man," the judge said.

Trespasser had 'fishing device'

A MAN caught with a magnetic "fishing device" outside a house has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

Alex Kustovs (47) pleaded guilty to possession of the device for use in the course of a theft offence.

Dublin District Court heard that Kustovs, of no fixed address, was arrested in the rear garden of a house at Cooley Road, Drimnagh, last June 3.

The device was "commonly used to fish keys from letterboxes".

Kustovs was "not sure why he had it", his lawyer told Judge Bryan Smyth.

Caretaker stole B&Q hardware

A COMMUNITY Employment Scheme caretaker who shoplifted from a hardware store had never stolen before and "took a chance", a court heard.

Father-of-two Thomas Ennis (41) was fined €50 and convicted of theft.

Ennis, of Dunmore Grove, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to stealing hardware worth €92 at B&Q, Liffey Valley, last October 8.

Blanchardstown District Court heard his only previous convictions were for motoring offences.

Ennis had never done anything like this before, had no motive for the thest and "took a chance", his solicitor Conor Ruane said.