Limerick man jailed over city wide crime spree

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A YOUNG man who went on a month-long crime spree within days of receiving a prison sentence was sentenced to a further 18 months imprisonment.

A YOUNG man who went on a month-long crime spree within days of receiving a prison sentence was sentenced to a further 18 months imprisonment.

Wayne O’Callaghan, aged 23, of Island View, Saint Mary’s Park pleaded guilty, at Limerick Court, to a plethora of burglary, trespass and criminal damage charges relating a number of incidents during May of this year.

Sgt Donal Cronin said O’Callaghan entered a number of commercial premises and private households across the city and that he had stolen property - including laptops, jewellery and mobile phones - worth more than €4,000.

The defendant also pleaded guilty to causing thousands of euro worth of criminal damage while committing some of the burglaries.

Solicitor John Devane said his client, who is currently in prison, was addicted to alcohol and drugs at the time but that he is working in prison and is “dealing with his demons in a positive way”.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly said O’Callaghan had caused “untold upset and distress” to the homeowners and businesses.

The judge added that a particularly aggravating factor in the case was that the offences happened within days of O’Callaghan receiving a two year sentence for a number of similar offences.

“His actions give the impression that he made a determined effort to rob and steal and cause as much misery as possible before being picked up,” he said.

O’Callaghan was sentenced to a total of 18 months imprisonment.