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Thursday 21 November 2019

Thug jailed for attacking OAP spared more time for car theft

Criminal Michael Cash
Criminal Michael Cash

A violent criminal who is serving a 10-year sentence for breaking into the home of an 89-year-old pensioner and assaulting her will not serve any extra time after being convicted of car theft.

Michael Cash (27), of Ashlawn Park in Ballybrack, has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment for the unlawful possession of a vehicle.

Cash, who had almost 100 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the offence in Carrickmines, south Dublin, on April 14, 2014, in which €2,000 worth of damage was caused to the stolen Toyota.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last week heard that Cash is currently serving a 10-year jail term, with the final two years suspended, for false imprisonment.

In September 2016, Cash and an accomplice broke into the home of Eva Sutton and tied the pensioner up with dog leads before assaulting her and burgling her Bray home. He later pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, robbery and burglary.

He is set to be released as early as next Christmas.

Mixed

The serial offender will now not serve any additional jail time for the stolen car charge after the final nine months of his sentence were suspended.

Judge Melanie Greally said that Cash's current sentence is due to expire in December 2020, and noted that the offence he was before the court on pre-dated the crime he is in custody for.

The court heard the probation report was "mixed" and that he was at an enhanced level.

This indicated good behaviour, but that he had 10 disciplinary reports since committal.

He has pleaded guilty to theft of a car from an equestrian centre in Carrickmines in 2014, and the car was later recovered with around €2,000 worth of damage caused to it.

Cash claimed to have no memory of the incident. In 2016, DNA recovered from the vehicle was deemed a match to his.

Justice Greally told the court Cash had 97 previous convictions and is currently serving a sentence of 10 years with the final two suspended.

The judge handed down a two-year prison term, suspended for nine months, on the condition that Cash keeps the peace and adheres to a number of conditions.

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