Wednesday 20 February 2019

Jail 'well overdue' for drug binge dad who broke into car

Karl Smith
Karl Smith

A young father who broke into a car with a hammer to steal a sat nav had reacted to news that his child was seriously ill by going on a "drugs binge", a court heard.

Karl Smith (22) was sentenced to five months in prison after a judge described his actions as "complete thuggery" and said jail for him was "well overdue".

Smith, of Croftwood Drive, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to theft, criminal damage and possession of the hammer for use in a theft.

Blanchardstown District Court heard gardai on patrol in John F Kennedy Drive, Clondalkin, on May 8 saw the front passenger window of a Laguna had been smashed.

The accused was standing behind the car with a number of objects in his hand, which he threw to the ground. He fled and was stopped by gardai.


When the objects were retrieved, they were found to be a €150 sat nav and a hammer.

The value of the damage was €160.

Smith's two-and-a-half-year-old child had been diagnosed with a serious illness and the accused went off the rails, his barrister Alan Delany said. He had been taking valium at the time of the incident.

Judge David McHugh asked what the connection was between his child's illness and the accused breaking a car window and stealing a sat nav.

"What happened was he didn't deal with this in the manner most people would deal with it and get counselling," Mr Delany said. "He went off on a drugs binge."

The court heard the accused had shown "no regard for other people's property".

Smith had previous convictions for public order, motoring and other offences.

Judge McHugh sentenced him to five months in prison, saying what happened was "complete thuggery". "I believe it's well overdue," he added.

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