Damage totalling €2,000 caused during burglary at Limerick premises

Damage totalling €2,000 caused during burglary at Limerick premises

A YOUNG man was jailed for four months for his role in an incident during which thousands of euro worth of damage was caused at a commercial premises on the outskirts of the city.

Gerard O’Neill, aged 22, of New Crescent Halting Site, Childers Road pleaded guilty to a burglary charge relating to the incident at East Link Business Park on February 20, 2016.

Sergeant John Moloney told Limerick District Court said when gardai responded to reports of a break in, they found the roller shuttering had been “jacked up” and an internal door smashed.

The damage caused, he said, was in the region of €2,000.

O’Neill, who has a number of previous convictions, also admitted stealing a quantity of copper from a vehicle which was parked in a secure yard at Mulgrave Street last September.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client “would not be of the highest intelligence” and that he is a person who is easily led.

He told Judge Mary Larkin his client, who has been in custody for a number of months has taken time to reflect on his life.

Imposing a four month prison sentence, the judge commented that he should take the time to reflect further “for the next while”.

She imposed a two week prison sentence in relation to the theft matter and a fine a €50 was imposed in relation to the defendant’s non-appearance in court on an earlier date. 

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