‘Jail isn’t for me’ says youth who damaged cars at Limerick Hotel

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A number of cars which were parked at the Maldon Hotel were damaged
A TEENAGER who caused thousands of euro worth of damage by breaking into cars parked at a city hotel was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.

A TEENAGER who caused thousands of euro worth of damage by breaking into cars parked at a city hotel was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.

Dylan Williams, aged 18, of Lawn Way, John Carew Park pleaded guilty to multiple charges relating to an incident on November 22, 2014.

Limerick District Court was told the defendant entered the underground car park at the Maldron Hotel, Roxboro and stole cash and property totalling around €600 from eight different vehicles.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told he used a fire extinguisher to smash the windows of the cars and that the total amount of damage caused was around €2,000.

Williams, who was remanded in custody on December 30 last, pleaded with Judge Marian O’Leary not to impose a custodial sentence, saying: “Jail isn’t my thing”.

He said the experience of being in prison had been “rough” and that he did not want to be in there. “I got the shock of my life, it’s a man’s jail,” he said.

When asked by his solicitor Sarah Ryan, the defendant said he was willing to pay up €300 a week in compensation despite the concerns of gardai who pointed out he has no earnings whatsoever.

Judge O’Leary imposed an eight-month sentence, which she back-dated to the date he first entered custody.

Separately, Williams was disqualified for six years and fined a total of €1,100 for multiple Road Traffic offences including driving without insurance or a driving licence and driving while disqualified.

He was fined a further €80 for a minor drugs offence and received a four month suspended prison sentence for smashing the windows of premises at Sunnyside Court, Carew Park last September following the seizure of two horses.

The defendant was released from custody after he lodged an appeal.