Monday 24 September 2018

Addict who trespassed at supermarket came to court with 'prison bag'

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

A MAN who trespassed at a north Dublin supermarket by jumping over a locked gate and brought gardai on a lengthy foot chase before he was arrested has been remanded on continuing bail for a probation report.

Mark Kelly (35), who was addicted to prescription drugs at the time, was one of four men who trespassed at Costcutters Express in Lusk but was the only one arrested and charged with the offence.

Kelly, of Cluain Lara Drive in Finglas, pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to trespassing at the supermarket and causing criminal damage on February 18.

Garda Keith Horgan gave evidence that at around 12.45pm he received a call that a number of males were observed jumping over the locked gate at the side entrance of the supermarket.

He said when he arrived at the scene, Kelly looked him straight in the face and a foot chase ensued.

"The defendant ran past a pub, through a housing estate and into an equestrian complex before heading into Scribes Court estate and hopping a wall," said Gda Horgan.

He said Kelly was apprehended later near the estate by Garda Brian Reidy and Garda Darren Tuffy.

Kelly, who has 47 previous convictions, apologised directly in court to the gardai.

"I apologise for wasting the gardai's time," said Kelly.

Judge Patricia McNamara remarked that "it was some chase". to which Kelly replied: "Yes, I know it was a long chase and I am sorry."

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said the 35-year-old father-of-two had come to court with his "prison bag" as he was aware there is a real risk he will be spending time in Mountjoy.

"This shows some respect," said Mr Jackson.

"But I ask the court to consider there was a number of others involved and the defendant is the only one facing the music".


He explained Kelly started to dabble in drugs from an early age and his addiction got out of control but he has been clean for the past six weeks.

"He comes from a good family and has good parents but drugs took over," said Mr Jackson, adding that Kelly is now making efforts to get himself clean.

Gda Horgan agreed with Mr Jackson that he is aware of Kelly's habitual drug use and addictions.

Judge McNamara requested a probation report on Kelly to include his suitability for community service work.

"Or the report may suggest something else may be more appropriate for him," said Judge McNamara.

She remanded Kelly on continuing bail to re-appear before the court on a date in September for finalisation.

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