“THERE are other ways of dealing with a domestic dispute with your wife than by stealing your mother-in-law’s crystal,” Judge Eugene O’Kelly said after hearing evidence of an unusual burglary in Dooradoyle.
Shane Ryan, 18, of Clonlong halting site in Southill, admitted breaking into his wife Charlene Casey’s rented house at Cois Luachra on January 3 last at a time when the young couple were going through a difficult period.
Crystal stolen by Ryan during the break-in was the property of Ms Casey’s mother, the court heard, and all the property was later recovered.
Sara Ryan, solicitor, explained that the complaint to gardai had been made by the landlord in Cois Luachra, in relation to criminal damage to a window.
Shane Ryan was also charged with threatening and abusive behaviour and intoxication in a public place arising from a disturbance at a house in O’Malley Park on October 30, 2012, when gardai found him “roaring and shouting” at the residents.
Ms Ryan explained that the occupants of the house “were known to Mr Casey and the incident was an extension of the dispute he was having with his wife at the time”.
There had been a degree of reconciliation between the couple more recently, the court heard, and Ms Casey had two weeks ago given evidence in court that she was dropping a separate complaint against her husband. The young woman had assured Judge O’Kelly on that occasion that she was not under any duress in so doing.
Mr Ryan was given 45 hours community service in lieu of a sentence of two months in prison on one of the public order charges while he was remanded on continuing bail for one year in respect of the burglary at Dooradoyle.