‘No more chances’ for serial offender jailed for theft

Judge Eugene O'Kelly said Marcus Graham had used up 'every chance in the book'

Judge Eugene O'Kelly said Marcus Graham had used up 'every chance in the book'

  • by David Hurley

A HEROIN addict was sentenced to a total of ten months imprisonment after a judge said he had “used up every chance in the book”.

Marcus Graham, aged 38, of Davin Gardens, Caherdavin pleaded guilty, at Limerick Court, to numerous theft offences, relating to incidents over the past two years.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the defendant had previously failed to appear before the court and that a number of bench warrants were issued for his arrest in the past.

Sergeant Donal Cronin said the most recent incident happened on Saint Patrick’s Day when the defendant stole a sat-nav device from a car, which was parked outside a house at Shanamore Park, Clareview.

The court was told Mr Graham, who has 52 previous convictions, had pleaded guilty to other theft offences at an earlier court date.

These included stealing candles, worth €297.94, from TK Maxx, a blue-ray DVD player from Xtra Vision and groceries, worth €16.98, from the former Ivans store in Caherdavin.

He also admitted handling stolen property on a number of different occasions and attempting to use a forged prescription to get Xanex at a city pharmacy.

Solicitor John Devane said his client’s family has been “blighted by heroin” and he said Mr Graham had “fallen through the safety net of society”.

Judge O’Kelly noted he had previously given the defendant a change but that he had continued to re-offend.

He imposed a variety of prison sentences, totalling ten months saying he had a responsibility to society to do so.

The longest sentence related to a burglary offence, which happened at Old Cratloe Road on August 17, 2012.

The court was told the premises was occupied at the time and that the defendant was found by gardai inside the house.

Judge O’Kelly previously indicated he was considering a community service order in that case but commented that this option was no longer open to Mr Graham due to his continued misbehaviour.


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