A MAN who breached a barring order by breaking into the home of the parents of his ex-partner, received a suspended sentence at Kilmallock Court.
Maurice Boddy, aged 33, with addresses in Co Cork and in County Limerick, pleaded guilty to the offence and other charges of criminal damage and failing to appear on a previous court date.
Sergeant Michelle Leahy said on July 7, 2014 at 1.50am, Boddy forcibly entered the house in Grange by smashing the back door “to try and speak to his ex-partner”.
“There was a barring order in place. The couple [parents of the ex-partner] were in the house asleep.” said Sgt Leahy, who told the court that the ex-partner was not present at the time.
Boddy’s solicitor, Jenny Fitzgibbon said her client is no stranger to the court and he appreciates that. “He was hoping this matter would go away. He has come before the court due to addiction problems – alcohol – which he has addressed. When he doesn’t drink he stays out of trouble, when he does he ends up in Kilmallock Court.
“He was sober for 18 months and was going back to plumbing once his disqualification from driving was over to contribute to society,” said Ms Fitzgibbon.
The solicitor said Boddy was called as a witness for the defence in a “high-profile case”.
“He found this taxing and upsetting, started drinking and it caused trouble in the relationship,” said Ms Fitzgibbon.
Now he has stopped drinking, is attending AA meetings and counselling from Saoirse.
“He is doing everything he can to stay off the drink. He is trying to get the relationship back on track.
“He appreciates the relationship with his father in law is strained. He speaks to his partner every day and sees his children every day,” said Ms Fitzgibbon.
She added that the barring order remains in place and there are no plans for her client to move back to the family home.
Garda Jim Ryan told the court that €300 worth of damage was caused when Boddy broke the back door.
For breaching the barring order, Judge Alan Mitchell sentenced Boddy to six months in prison, suspended for 24 months as shorter time periods “don’t seem to be working”.
He also ordered that the €300 to repair the damage be paid by Boddy to the parents of his ex-partner.
Speaking to Garda Jim Ryan, Judge Mitchell said: “My expectations as a local garda is that you will keep it under close review.
“If I send him to prison for six months he will be out in a few weeks anyway,” said Judge Mitchell. He took the criminal damage and failing to appear charges into consideration.