Man jailed for trying to return to burning house

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse, Merchant's Quay
A MOYROSS man who admitted trying to run back into a burning building to get his belongings was sentenced to five months in prison.

A MOYROSS man who admitted trying to run back into a burning building to get his belongings was sentenced to five months in prison.

Dean O’Connor, 21, of Ballygrennan Close, Moyross pleaded guilty to a number of public order offences relating to the incident which happened shortly after midnight on January 29, last.

Insp Seamus Ruane, Henry Street, said when gardai arrived at the scene of the house fire at Upper Cecil Street, they observed O’Connor obstructing firemen who were fighting the blaze.

“He was asked to desist and to move away and he refused to go and he was obnoxious on the night,” he said.

Solicitor John Herbert said his client was an occupant of the house at the time and that he was trying to get back into to retrieve some of his belongings.

“He was stupidly trying to get back into the house” he said.

“He apologises for his behaviour,” added Mr Herbert who told the court O’Connor acknowledged that his actions have put both himself and the firemen in grave danger on the night.

Judge Eamon O’Brien said the defendant had shown “very poor decision making” on the night and he sentence him to five months in prison for refusing to obey the directions of gardai.

The other charges, which included engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour, were taken into consideration.