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Saturday 7 December 2019

Thief struck shop worker around the head with bottles

Glen Byrne smeared excrement on cell walls and door
Glen Byrne smeared excrement on cell walls and door

A serial thief beat a shop worker about the head with two bottles and smashed up a checkout area after becoming threatening to staff, a court heard.

Glen Byrne (41) went on to smear excrement on his cell walls and door in a garda station in a separate arrest.

Byrne, of Harelawn Avenue, Clondalkin, admitted charges following a crime spree, including assault causing harm, breach of the peace, criminal damage and producing glass bottles in the course of a fight.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for victim impact and probation reports.

Gda Sgt Geraldine McManigan told Blanchardstown District Court that Byrne went to SuperValu, Rowlagh, Clondalkin, on October 27 last year and became threatening and abusive to staff.

He assaulted the victim by hitting him about the head with two glass bottles and caused damage to a glass divider and bottles at the checkout.

There was no theft charge in that case.

Fled

However, Byrne returned to the same shop last November 29 and stole €190 worth of spirits and other alcohol, but was stopped and the bottles were recovered.

He fled across the road to the Lidl store and stole €199 worth of groceries, but was again stopped.

He was arrested and taken to Lucan Garda Station where the mattress in his cell was torn beyond repair.

In another separate incident, gardai were called to The Range, Liffey Valley, last November 27 following a report that Byrne was fighting with security staff after it was alleged he had taken items.

Byrne, who had 66 previous convictions, was aggressive, resisted arrest and attempted to swallow pills, which were removed from his mouth.

He was taken to Lucan Garda Station, where he smeared excrement on the cell walls and door.

Byrne also stole a duvet, bed linen and Go Pro cameras worth €283 from other shops.

Byrne had serious addiction issues and the offences were committed under the influence, his solicitor said.

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