Monday 11 December 2017

Man pleads guilty to burglary at home of Lotto winner's son

Dolores McNamara
Dolores McNamara

A man who has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a burglary at the mansion owned by Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara's son is dealing with his drug demons, a court has heard.

Jeffrey Lee (41) of Cosgrove Park, Moyross, Limerick has pleaded guilty to entering Tinerana House - the property of Gary McNamara - as a trespasser and committing theft on dates between August 17 and September 14 2013.

Mr Lee's co-accused, Declan Browne (26) of Lackyle, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare, has pleaded guilty to handling stolen property that includes antique bathroom fittings, antique chandeliers, candelabras and light fittings, copper wiring and cylinders on September 13 2013 at Clear Circle Metals at Ballysimon Road, Limerick.

Dolores's son, Gary McNamara and his wife, Michelle purchased the home for €1.46m.

Yesterday, Gda Det Sgt Oliver Nevin told Ennis Circuit Court that a bench warrant remains in existence for the arrest of Mr Lee, who failed to show in court for the sentencing hearing of the two last month.

Det Nevin said that gardai were yesterday applying to revoke bail for Mr Browne after he breached his bail conditions.

Det Nevin said that Mr Browne has daily signing on conditions at his local garda station and has not signed on since last September.


However, counsel for Mr Browne, Patrick Whyms BL told the court that his client is to regularise his signing on while he is also finally dealing with his drug demons.

Mr Browne told Judge Gerard Keyes: "I want to get my life straightened out - I have two kids."

Mr Whyms said that Mr Browne is expecting to hear from the Ana Liffey drug treatment centre in Dublin later this week about receiving drug treatment there.

State counsel, Stephen Coughlan BL said that "it surprises me greatly that we are only hearing about this now".

In response, Judge Keyes said: "I want to make it quite clear that I am becoming totally frustrated as a judge dealing in criminal cases involving drug addiction that there are no facilities available to treat people who have this scourge."

Judge Keyes said that if Mr Browne has a drug addiction which is causing these problems it was in the best interest for the protection of society in the long term that he receive treatment.

Judge Keyes warned that if the man steps outside his bail terms again he will revoke it immediately.

Judge Keyes remanded Mr Browne on bail to Limerick Circuit Court this Friday.


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