Man faints at Limerick Circuit Court after getting stretch in jail

A MAN collapsed in Limerick Circuit Court after a judge ordered that he must go to jail as he breached the terms of his suspended sentence.

A MAN collapsed in Limerick Circuit Court after a judge ordered that he must go to jail as he breached the terms of his suspended sentence.

An ambulance was called to the court where Stephen Bourke, 20, formerly of Monabraher Road, Ballynanty, but now living in Clare, appeared before Judge Carroll Moran.

The man appeared to faint after Judge Moran activated two and a half years of a suspended jail term imposed in December 2008 after hearing evidence that the accused man had been convicted of further offences this year.

Court proceedings were halted as paramedics provided assistance to Bourke who was taken away by stretcher.

In 2008, Bourke received a three-year suspended sentence for his role in the attempted robberies of post offices in Garryowen and Clonlara.

The court heard yesterday that Bourke was convicted of further offences this year relating to a break-in at Newcastle West Autos, where a number of cars were damaged last March.

Evidence was given that Mr Bourke travelled to the town with two other men and that garda were alerted after they received a call about a break-in to the garage. He received a six-month sentence at Newcastle West District Court for his part in the crime, which occurred on March 25 last.

John O'Sullivan, BL, for the prosecution, sought to have the three-year suspended sentence activated.

Judge Moran agreed to activate part of the sentence and, taking into account the six-month jail term imposed by the District Court, he activated the remaining two and a half years of the suspended jail term.

After her son collapsed, Bourke's mother, who was present in court, called for someone to get an ambulance.

Paramedics arrived about 15 minutes later and placed an oxygen mask on his face before helping him on to a stretcher and taking him to hospital, accompanied by the Prison Service.