Youth ordered to stay out of Limerick housing estate

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A YOUNG man who pleaded guilty to a plethora of public order and theft charges has been ordered to stay away from the Moyross area for his own safety.

A YOUNG man who pleaded guilty to a plethora of public order and theft charges has been ordered to stay away from the Moyross area for his own safety.

Ger McCarthy, aged 19, of Parkview, Hassett’s Cross pleaded guilty to several offences which occurred on November 3, last.

On that date, he stole a packet of Brylcreem Cream hair gel, worth €4.99, from Spar, Old Cratloe Road at around 5.30pm and two hours later, he was arrested after he was observed throwing stones at a house in Delmege Park, Moyross.

On November 14, McCarthy was observed near the scene of a suspected burglary at Old Cratloe Road carrying a “cut down golf club” which he told gardai was for his own protection.

Ten days later he was arrested after he was verbally abusive towards gardai and members of the public during an incident outside a petrol station in Thomondgate at 1.48am.

During the same court hearing, McCarthy, who has 29 previous convictions, admitted stealing a charity box, containing an estimated €20, from a restaurant on Denmark Street on July 13, last.

Solicitor Tom Kiely said his client has a problem with alcohol and he said he suffers from “serious behavioural difficulties as he has been in and out of foster care since he was a toddler. “The offences accumulated since his release from HSE care at 18,” said Mr Kiely, who added that McCarthy is naive and is “the maker of his own problems”.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly imposed a number of concurrent prison sentences, which he suspended on condition McCarthy stays out of trouble for the next year.

He also fined him €250 and he ordered that he stay away from the Moyross area of the city for the next twelve months for his own safety.