Man was 'out of his head' on drink and cocaine during Limerick crime spree

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The man pleaded guilty to multiple charges at Limerick Circuit Court

The man pleaded guilty to multiple charges at Limerick Circuit Court

A SERIAL offender who stole almost €10,000 worth of property during a seven-hour crime spree in a County Limerick village has been jailed for four years.

Robert O’Donoghue, aged 25, who has an address at St Jude’s, Garryowen had pleaded guilty to multiple charges relating to offences which occurred in Adare during the early hours of December 16, 2016.

Several homes and businesses were broken into during the crime spree between 2am and 9am while O’Donoghue also stole kegs from outside two pubs in the locality.

Detective Garda Jerry O’Sullivan told Limerick Circuit Court that during one incident the defendant broke into an apartment at Station Road in the village and took the keys of a car which was parked outside. 

The apartment was occupied at the time and a sat-nav was taken from the car.

Cash and other items were taken from a number of cars which were broken into at Manor Court, Adare.

A lawnmower as well as golf clubs and accessories, worth more than €5,000, were stolen from the garden shed of another house in the area.

Detective Garda O’Sullivan told Lily Buckley BL, instructed by state solicitor Aidan Judge, the defendant caused around €200 worth of damage after he broke into Adare Heritage Centre and that he also attempted to gain access to a delivery compound at the Londis store in the village.

O’Donoghue also admitted stealing four kegs, worth €600, from outside Foley’s Bar, Reens Pike and a further six, worth €1,200, from outside the Ramble Inn in Croagh.

When questioned by gardai a number of weeks later the defendant, who has 31 previous convictions, said he had been “partying hard” and couldn't’ remember what had happened.

Pat Barriscale BL said his client had been drinking and using cocaine and was “out of his head” at the time.

He said he had no explanation for his actions and that he believes he sold the stolen property.

The barrister said there was no violence involved in any of the offences and that his client had made admissions as soon as was confronted by gardai.

While apologetic, Mr Barriscale said his client was not in a position to make an offer of compensation to any of the victims.

Judge Tom O’Donnell said the multiplicity of offences and the violation of people’s homes was an aggravating factor he had to consider when imposing sentence.

“One is entitled to feel safe in their own home,” he said adding that the homes and businesses were “easy targets”.

The judge commented on the defendant’s previous criminal record and he noted that he was disqualified from driving at the time.

He imposed a four year prison sentence, suspending the final 12 months for four years.

The sentence was backdated to the date of O’Donoghue’s arrest.