A BURGLAR who was caught red-handed trying to escape from a house he had broken into will be sentenced later in the year.
A Probation report has been requested in the case of Jason Power who admitted a burglary charge relating to an incident at Mill Road, Ballyclough on September 5, last.
Limerick District Court was told the 18-year-old, who has an address at Castle Quarter Heights, Fedamore was arrested by gardai when they responded to reports of a burglary in progress.
Sergeant Donal Cronin said the incident happened at around 10.20pm and that while Garda Andrea Cullen was speaking with the homeowner, she was alerted to a man in dark clothes in an upstairs bedroom.
He said the defendant had gained entry to the house by smashing a downstairs window and that he was attempting to force a window in the master bedroom in an effort to escape when arrested by Garda Cullen.
Judge Marian O’Leary was told the defendant had taken the keys to the homeowner’s car, which was parked outside the house.
The court was told the defendant had been confronted by the homeowner prior to the arrival of gardai and that he had returned to the house have initially left the area.
Solicitor Darach McCarthy said while his client was apologetic, he was not in a position to pay compensation to the owner of the house.
He said around the time of the incident Mr Power’s grandmother had died and that he had gone off the rails and had been “reckless with his own life” in the aftermath of her death.
He said he has been engaging with the Probation Service since the incident and that he is “attempting to put matters right” and is mending his ways.
Judge O’Leary was told the defendant is currently before the courts in relation to separate offences which occurred around the same time and that a probation report would be of assistance to the court.
The judge said it would also be helpful if all matters could be dealt with on the same date so that the “full picture” would be clear.
Mr Power was remanded on continuing bail until September 3, next.