A YOUNG man who starred in RTÉ’s reality series Bressie’s Teenage Kicks was placed under the supervision of the Probation Service after he pleaded guilty to a multitude of theft offences.
Limerick District Court was told Calvin McNamara, aged 18, of Hartigan Villas, Moyross broke into several houses and schools as well a hospital on dates between October 2013 and November 2014.
He also pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage, trespass and possession of various implements including an iron bar and a glass shattering tool.
The defendant, who was a juvenile when he committed most of the offences, also admitted stealing a bottle of Coke and a “treat size” bag of chocolate buttons from Topaz, Thomondgate on January 9, last.
Outlining details of the offences Sergeant Adrian Whelan said the defendant broke into the Parochial House in Moyross where he stole a number of mobile phones and laptops as well as three Trocaire boxes.
He stole a 60” television from a house in Knockalisheen, a copper cylinder from a house at Pineview Gardens, Moyross; two iPhones from Caherdavin girls school; a handbag worth €50 from St Camillus’ Hospital, a Samsung mobile phone and a wallet from St Munchin’s Girls School; an IBM laptop from Corpus Christi NS, Moyross, a pedal bike from Mayorstone garda station and a Dell laptop from the Northside Learning Hub in Kileely.
Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client is attending a drugs counsellor and that he is making efforts to stay out of trouble to allow him return to the Ceim ar Ceim project from which he is currently expelled.
Noting the contents of a Probation Report, Judge Mary Larkin said she was placing him under the supervision of the Probation Services for six months.
She commented that he was a “one man theft industry” and seemed to be having “a field day”.
She told Mr McNamara if he does not take the chance being offered to him the matter will be re-entered and he will go to prison.