A NEWCASTLE man who went on a mini crime-spree in the town spanning three days was jailed for a total of six months at the local court.
But because a previous probation bond was breached, a suspended sentence of three months was activated, and the man is facing nine months in prison.
Before the court was Anthony Lynch, Apt 1 Forge House, Newcastle West who pleaded to all charges relating to incidents in the town last April 5, 6 and 7.
Inspector Brian O’Donovan told the court Mr Lynch broke the window of the Gorta Shop in Maiden St last April 5, casuing some €700 worth of damage.
On the same date, he stole a portable television from Larkin’s on Bishops Street and also stole headphones and batteries from Movie Scene, in Scanlon’s Lane but all the property was recovered, the inspector said.
On April 6, Mr Lynch stole between €200-300 cash from the Flower Gallery but some €100 was recovered later. On April 7, Mr Larkin was discovered in Larkin’s shop but was removed by Gardai.
Mr Lynch, the court was told, had 38 previous convictions.
His client was not in a position to pay compensation for the broken window, solicitor Michael O’Donnell said. Mr Lynch was 36 and his problems were related to a large extent to drink and drugs such as ecstasy and cannabis, the solicitor said. There were people who were prepared to help him with his drink and drug problem, Mr O’Donnell added. He accepted that Mr Lynch had been given a suspended sentence arising from an incident in February but had “fallen foul of it.”
Judge Mary Larkin activated the three-month prison sentence. She then sentenced Mr Lynch to three months, to be served consecutively, on the charge of criminal damge on April 5 and a further three months, also consecutively, for the theft of the TV.
The theft at the Flower Gallery resulted in a three month jail term, to run concurrently and the theft of the headphones was taken into consideration along with the incident at Larkin’s on April 7.
Recognizance with leave to appeal was fixed by Judge Larkin.