Limerick town gave a 'wonderful welcome' to man who went on to commit burglaries

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A who committed three burglaries in Bruff had received a “wonderful welcome” when he moved there, Kilmallock Court heard

A who committed three burglaries in Bruff had received a “wonderful welcome” when he moved there, Kilmallock Court heard

A MAN who committed three burglaries in Bruff had received a “wonderful welcome” when he moved there, Kilmallock Court heard.

Patrick Cullen, aged 33, of Courtbrack accommodation, Dock Road, Limerick city pleaded guilty to the offences which took place on June 29, 2017.

Sergeant Michelle Leahy said between 2am and 5am, Cullen broke into Bruff pre-school, doctor’s surgery and a butcher’s, and committed criminal damage at a pharmacy and take-away. The crimes were investigated by Garda David Higgins who arrested Cullen. He has been in custody since July 13 on these matters, the court heard.

“There was very little in the way of monetary value taken - a bottle of lemonade. CCTV was harvested and the defendant was identified. When he was taken into custody he made admissions,” said Sgt Leahy, who added that Cullen has 46 previous convictions.

Con Barry, solicitor for Cullen, said his client was addicted to heroin at the time.

“His education is limited. He is originally from the midlands. He entered into a programme and got a job in Bruff as a kit man, which was very successful for 18 months. The structured environment was very good for him.

“He entered into a relationship and they had a child. Something clicked after having a baby and it brought him back to drugs ,” said Mr Barry.

The solicitor said Cullen got a “wonderful welcome” in Bruff and they “took him in”.

“He had been in all those places [where the offences occurred]. This is not getting away from what he did. I have a letter from the Prison Service where he works in the laundry section and is doing very well. He needs structure. He has been clean since he was remanded in custody. I also have a letter from Merchant’s Quay. What ever happened back in his childhood, it keeps creeping up on him,” said Mr Barry.

Judge Marian O’Leary asked about compensation of €250 caused by the criminal damage.

“He is not in a position to offer any compensation,” said Mr Barry.

Judge O’Leary said two businesses were out of pocket. “Once he gets out he hopes to find work,” said Mr Barry.

The judge said she would grant Cullen bail for “purposes of compensation”.

She ordered a pre-sanction report from the Probation Service and adjourned the case until next April.