County Limerick man who broke into popular pub has prison sentence activated

Christopher Curtin pictured at Limerick Courthouse in February 2012

Christopher Curtin pictured at Limerick Courthouse in February 2012


A JUDGE has activated a suspended prison sentence, which was imposed on a youth who broke into the private residence attached to Herbert’s pub almost four years ago.

In February 2012, Christopher Curtin, aged 19, of Saliva Court, Southill was sentenced to three years imprisonment with the final year suspended for his role in the burglary.

Previously, Limerick Circuit Court was told the defendant was one of three youths who entered the premises at Lisnagry in the early hours of May 11, 2010.

Well known solicitor, Turlough Herbert and his sister confronted the intruders before they made their escape - stealing Turlough Herbert’s jeep in the process.

The court heard the evidence against Curtin was “very weak” and that there would not have been a case against him had he not made admissions to gardai following his arrest.

Imposing sentence two years ago, Judge Carroll Moran said the incident had been “traumatic and very frightening” for Mr Herbert and his sister and he noted that a probation report in the case was “mixed” and found there was a high risk Curtin reoffending.

Making an application on Tuesday under the provisions of Section 99 of the Criminal Justice Act, State Solicitor Michael Murray said Mr Curtin pleaded guilty before Christmas to a number of road traffic offences relating to an incident on June 5, 2013.

Judge Carroll Moran was told the defendant pleaded guilty to four charges of dangerous driving and to driving while disqualified.

Previously, Limerick District Court was told a Volskwagon Passatt being driven by the defendant was stopped at Coonagh West on the northern exit of the Limerick Tunnel for a speeding offence shortly after 3pm.

The vehicle then took off in the direction of Ennis reaching speeds of around 180kph.

The court heard the defendant smashed through a barrier at the toll plaza, undertook traffic on the hard shoulder while driving at speeds in excess of 160kph.

At one point the vehicle left the N18 and while being driven by Mr Curtin down a narrow road in an attempt to evade capture narrowly missed two pedestrians who were pushing a buggy.

Mr Curtin then proceeded to drive around the back of a house near Cratloe where two young children were playing at the time.

Opposing the application to activate the suspended sentence, Pat Whyms BL said his client’s role in the burglary at Herberts Bar had been less than that of his co-accused.

Mr Whyms told the court that Mr Curtin had not committed any further burglary offences since and he submitted the road traffic offences did not merit the activation of the suspended sentence.

However, Judge Moran disagreed citing the gravity of the offence.

He activated the suspended portion of the prison sentence, backdating it to December 19.

Mr Curtin will be sentenced in relation to the road traffic matters next week.


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