Limerick burglary suspect was ‘restrained’ by local residents after crime spree

Judge Tom O’Donnell has indicated he will impose sentence in July.

Judge Tom O’Donnell has indicated he will impose sentence in July

A MAN who broke into several homes and vehicles in a rural village in Limerick was apprehended and detained by local residents pending the arrival of gardai, a court has heard. 

Frank Ryan, aged 24, who has an address at Boherdota, Oola pleaded guilty, earlier this year, to a number of charges relating to offences which happened at several locations in the village during the early hours of January 27, 2016.

During a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Garda David Higgins said the alarm was raised at around 6.15am after a man was alerted to a noise at the rear of his home.

After going to investigate, the man noticed his garden shed was open and that a set of golf clubs were missing.

Garda Higgins told Lily Buckley BL, prosecuting, the man then saw “a fella in dark clothes and hoodie” across the road.

He alerted a neighbour and both men located and restrained the suspect who was hiding at the back of a local pub.

The witness said the defendant was ‘incoherent’ when he arrived a short time later having been alerted.

It was subsequently established that various items of property had been taken from a number of houses and parked vehicles “over a short period of time”.

The defendant cooperated fully with gardai and assisted them in locating most of the stolen property which included sunglasses, clothing, two mountain bikes, tools, cash and a wallet containing various bank cards.

Desmond Hayes BL, said his client, who is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence for separate offences, had been drinking earlier in the night and that he had not planned the burglaries.

Garda Higgins said Mr Ryan comes from a good family and he accepted the offences were opportunistic.

Judge Tom O’Donnell has indicated he will impose sentence in July.

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