Bench warrant issued after burglar fails to appear

A BENCH warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Limerick burglar who failed to appear in court for sentencing.

A BENCH warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Limerick burglar who failed to appear in court for sentencing.

Sentencing had been adjourned in the case of 21-year-old Gerard Creed, of Oakfield, Raheen, to allow him to pay €400 in compensation to the occupants of a neighbouring house he had burgled in the early hours of January 20, 2012.

Limerick District Court had previously heard that Creed had left his shoe behind in the driveway of the property after being tackled by its occupants. He had pleaded guilty to burglary and to possession of a stolen set of car keys on January 20.

Mr Creed had been confronted by the residents and chased away after a struggle. Gardai who arrived at the scene found a shoe and a phone on the driveway, which the accused later admitted were his.

“He claimed to have no memory of the incident, such was his state of intoxication,” Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told.

At the original hearing in July, Judge O’Kelly had paid tribute to the “brave young men” who had tackled the home intruder “at considerable risk”.

The case was adjourned to allow Creed offer compensation but Insp Seamus Ruane asked for a bench warrant to be issued after the accused failed to appear in court on Thursday.