Limerick serial offender jailed following  wanton vandalism

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Robert Benn, aged 24, who is originally from the Garryowen area, pleaded guilty to multiple charges

Robert Benn, aged 24, who is originally from the Garryowen area, pleaded guilty to multiple charges

A LIMERICK man who embarked on a spree of wanton vandalism “from the moment he left prison” has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

Robert Benn, aged 24, who is originally from the Garryowen area, pleaded guilty to multiple charges relating to offences which occurred in November of last year.

Limerick Circuit Court was told that within hours of being released from the Midlands Prison on November 28 – having served a six month sentence – the defendant returned to the city where he broke into a number of cars which were parked at an apartment complex.

Garda Cillian O'Muineachain said the defendant was not identified as a suspect until after his arrest in relation to a similar incident at another car park three days later.

He said Benn, who has a large number of previous convictions, was arrested after he was found by security personnel “crouching between two cars” at around 11.10pm on November 30, 2016.

He told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, the defendant had used a golf club to “wantonly strike to vehicles” and had attempted to open random car doors.

Benn, who had consumed a naggin of vodka, was so intoxicated following his arrest that he could not be interviewed for several hours.

Imposing sentence, Judge Tom O’Donnell said the multiplicity of charges before the court was an aggravating factor as was his previous record. He noted he is a chronic drug user and had consumed several intoxicants, including a large amount of vodka on the night he was arrested.

Noting Benn’s youth and his genuine remorse, he imposed a number of concurrent three year prison sentences which he backdated to December 2, 2016.

The final 12 months were suspended.