Limerick man jailed over college burglary


David Hurley


David Hurley

Limerick man jailed over college burglary

Michael McNamara was sentenced to three and-a-half years' imprisonment

A SERIAL offender who confronted a security guard during a burglary at Mary Immaculate College has been sentenced to three and-a-half years’ imprisonment.

Michael ‘Blondie’ McNamara, aged 41, who has an address at McGarry House, Alphonsus Street pleaded guilty to charges relating to an incident during the early hours of September 23, 2014.

During a sentencing hearing, Limerick Circuit Court was told McNamara threw a metal chair at the security guard when he was discovered in the canteen shortly before 2am.

The defendant, who has 194 previous convictions, fled on foot and was observed a short time later  by an off-duty detective entering the public toilets at a petrol station of the Dock Road.

Detective Garda Fergal Hanrahan said McNamara was “sweating profusely” and that there was evidence of fresh scratches and cuts on his head which was consistent with him having been involved in a struggle.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told DNA taken from a cigarette butt, which was found at Mary I was a partial match but that DNA found on a set of earphones was a definitive match.

Michael Collins BL said his client suffers from a “serious and long standing addiction” and that his first conviction was recorded when he was aged 11.

“He has appeared in court during 17 of the past 24 years,” he said adding that his guilty plea had saved the State considerable expense and time as the case against his client was “not straightforward”.

Imposing sentence, Judge O’Donnell said it was an aggravating factor that McNamara continues to reoffend despite having served numerous prison sentences in the past.

He said the burglary was “planned and premeditated” and he commented that a “substantial prison sentence” was warranted in the circumstances.

He noted that the security guard was not seriously injured and that McNamara is attempting to deal with his addiction issues while in prison.