The defendant, the court heard, has 60 previous convictions and is a chronic heroin addict
A YOUNG man who acted as a lookout during a spate of burglaries in the Castletroy area of Limerick city has been jailed for four years.
Dean Mulqueen, 21, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to nine counts of burglary relating to offences which happened at a number of private homes on dates during December 2017 and January 2018.
During a sentencing hearing, Garda Robert Sheehy said the defendant did not enter any of the properties and that he was paid around €30 to take part in each of the break-ins.
He said most of the homes were targeted late at night or over the Christmas period when they were not occupied.
Items such as televisions, laptop computers, clothing, mobile phones and other electronic items were taken during the crime spree.
None of stolen property was recovered and John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said while there was “an element of organisation” Mr Mulqueen was not the “prime mover”.
The defendant, the court heard, has 60 previous convictions and is a chronic heroin addict.
A number of his previous convictions are for burglary offences.
Eimear Carey BL said her client accepts he is “at a junction in his life and needs to get his life in order”.
She said he made full admissions when questioned by gardai and had come before the circuit court having entered a “signed plea” in the district court late last year.
Ms Carey said her client had a difficult upbringing and that his behaviour began to spiral out of control during his early teens.
She added that he is “doing well in custody” and submitted that without Mr Mulqueen’s admissions, there would not have been a case against him.
Imposing sentence, Judge Tom O’Donnell said the pre-planned and pre-meditated nature of the offences was an aggravating factor as was the time of year that a number of the houses were targeted.
While accepting the defendant did not enter any of the homes, he said his role was intergral.
The judge said the offences before the court was in the mid-range on the scale and that a sentence of between four and nine years was warranted.
He sentenced Mr Mulqueen to five years’ imprisonment, suspending the final 12 months.
The sentence was back-dated to April 12, 2018.