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Thursday 20 September 2018

Dad nearly bled to death in fall while burgling premises

Stephen McCullagh said he had taken 20 tablets on the night
Stephen McCullagh said he had taken 20 tablets on the night

A father-of-two who "technically" bled to death from arm injuries after falling through the skylight of a vehicle glass repair business he was burgling has received a two-year suspended sentence.

Blood trails led from where Stephen McCullagh (38) had fallen through the skylight into various offices and around the drawers in which he had rummaged, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told.

Gardai were notified about an injured trespasser by members of Dublin Fire Brigade and medical staff had to force the shutters open and break a lock to get to McCullagh.

Gda Keith O'Brien said he had "no idea" how McCullagh had climbed up on the roof.

Gda O'Brien agreed with Luigi Rea, defending, that McCullagh had been told by medical staff that he had technically bled to death but that air bubbles in his heart had kept him alive.

Pain

McCullagh, of Rutland Avenue, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to criminal damage of the skylight at Mr Windscreen, Crumlin Road, Crumlin, last June 4.

He had 69 previous convictions, including burglaries, thefts, drugs possession and road traffic offences.

Gda O'Brien told the court that he first encountered McCullagh at the business in a lot of pain and with towels wrapped around both arms.

The garda said McCullagh later revealed he had taken about 20 tablets on the night and remembered very little, apart from hearing sirens.

McCullagh showed Judge Martin Nolan the scars on his biceps and down his elbow.

He told the judge he has no feeling in the injured fingers.

Mr Rea said that McCullagh has to wear splints and suffers from palsies. Counsel said his client "in a physical sense has been punished and will continue to suffer".

Judge Nolan described McCullagh as a "sad case".

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