Serial Limerick offender facing extra time in prison for multiple burglaries

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Serial Limerick offender facing extra time in prison for multiple burglaries

Limerick Courthouse, Mulgrave Street

A repeat offender is facing the prospect of additional time in prison after he pleaded guilty to multiple theft and burglary charges.

Gerard O’Neill, 23, of New Crescent Halting Site, Childers Road, is already serving a four year sentence – which was imposed last summer –  for a spate of burglary offences.

Giving evidence at Limerick Circuit Court, Sergeant Fergal Hanrahan said the defendant stole a CCTV system, worth €831.20 “off the shelf” at Maplin, Childers Road Retail Park, on March 26, 2018.

Mr O’Neill, he said, attempted to break into a house on the Dublin Road on April 11, 2018; broke into a commercial premises in Ballysimon on April 21, 2018 and entered a student house in Castletroy on April 18, 2018.

Sgt Hanrahan said a young woman was in the house at the time and that the defendant had entered the house while armed with a screwdriver.

Following a brief encounter with the woman, he escaped with a number of laptops which were never recovered.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told Mr O’Neill was on bail at the time and that any sentence he receives must be consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving.

Yvonne Quinn BL said there was no forensic evidence in the case and she submitted her client’s admissions and guilty plea was important.

She said he suffers from mental health issues and was using drugs around the time of the offences.

“He is a vulnerable person, he presents as immature,” she said urging the court to consider the principal of proportionality when determining the appropriate sentence.

Judge O’Donnell adjourned the matter to June.