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Friday 14 December 2018

Half-blind thief stole €120 Ray-Bans in car break-in

A theif who broke into a car to steal a pair of designer sunglasses was
A theif who broke into a car to steal a pair of designer sunglasses was "photosensitive" in one eye, a court heard. (stock photo)

A thief who broke into a car to steal a pair of designer sunglasses was "photosensitive" in one eye, a court heard.

Graham O'Connor (25) was caught near the scene with the Ray-Bans and a shard of glass in his pocket after the theft.

Judge Ann Ryan told him he could avoid a six-month prison sentence if he was found suitable to carry out 100 hours of community service.

She adjourned the case for a report.

O'Connor, of Patrick Heaney Crescent, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to theft and asked to be allowed to wear sunglasses in court during the hearing.

Dublin District Court heard gardai went to Gloucester Place in the north inner city last February 3 following a report that a man was trying to gain access to a vehicle.

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On arriving, a witness identified O'Connor as having broken a car window.

When he was stopped, O'Connor had a pair of stolen sunglasses and a glass shard in his pocket. The victim identified the €120 black Ray-Bans and they were returned to him. The cost of the damage was €200.

The court heard O'Connor had a large number of previous convictions for offences including theft and criminal damage.

He had suffered from cancer as a child, which left him with "eye issues" due to surgery, his barrister Alan Grace said. He was blind in one eye and photo- sensitive in the other.

O'Connor had had "quite a good upbringing" but fell in with the wrong crowd and developed alcohol problems, Mr Grace said.

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