Addict jailed for breaking into vehicles at Limerick city car park

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Cian O’Donnell admitted breaking into parked cars at Euro car park, Steamboat Quay  Picture: Adrian Butler

Cian O’Donnell admitted breaking into parked cars at Euro car park, Steamboat Quay Picture: Adrian Butler

A MAN who broke into a number of cars at a multi-storey car park in Limerick city has been sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment.

Cian O’Donnell, aged 27, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to theft and criminal damage charges relating to offences which occurred on dates last October.

All of the offences happened at Euro Car Park, Steamboat Quay.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told O’Donnell stole cash, a dash cam and a pair of designer sunglasses from two parked cars on October 5, 2017.

Two days later – on October 7, 2017 – an iPod Nano was stolen from another car at the same car park while the windows of a fourth car were also smashed but nothing taken.

Sergeant John Moloney said the total value of the stolen property and the damage caused by the defendant was around €615.

He said O’Donnell made admissions and cooperated with gardai when arrested and questioned about the offences.

Limerick District Court was told CCTV footage from the car park also formed a significant part of the garda investigation.

Solicitor John Herbert said his client, who has a large number of previous convictions, is a heroin addict and is finding it “very difficult” to address his addiction.

He said he managed to stay off drugs while serving a recent prison sentence but “reverted to old habits” a short time after he was released last year.

“He is very disappointed in himself,” he said describing his client’s predicament as tragic.

When asked about compensation, Mr Herbert said there was no money available and that Mr O’Donnell would not be in a position to pay compensation.

Judge O’Leary imposed a number of consecutive prison sentences totalling seven months.