Drug addict stole bag from Limerick hospital after release from prison

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Serial offender: Paul Foran will be sentenced later this month

Serial offender: Paul Foran will be sentenced later this month

A CHRONIC drug addict has admitted carrying out two burglaries in Limerick just two days after he was released from prison having served a lengthy sentence for similar offences.

Paul Foran, aged 35, who has an address at North Claughan Road, Garryowen has pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges relating to four incidents which occurred on consecutive days last August.

During one incident, Foran, who has more than 120 previous convictions, stole a backpack and a wallet after he entered a restricted staff area at Barringtons Hospital at around 12.15pm on August 17, 2017.

He entered a staff area at Vanilla Brown Spa at the Absolute Hotel later on the same day from where he stole a handbag containing an iPhone 6 and around €350 in cash.

When formally arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court, the defendant also admitted stealing four steaks, worth €32 from Supervalu, Grove Island at around 4.15pm.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge relating to the theft of two bottles of Meade (worth €45)  from the visitor centre at King John’s Castle at around 10am the following day – August 18.

The two theft offences were caught on CCTV and Foran made admissions in relation to the burglaries following his arrest.

The defendant, who has 37 previous convictions for burglary and 36 for theft, is a known drug user and in the past this has been put forward as a major factor in his offending.

The defendant was refused bail following a garda objection last August and again before Christmas when the matter was sent forward to the Circuit Court.

After noting his guilty pleas to the four charges, Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the matter for sentence to February 16 next when he will hear evidence relating to each of the offences.

The judge will also hear submissions from Foran’s legal representatives before he imposes sentence.

The maximum sentence for each of the burglary offences 14 years’ imprisonment.