A SELF-confessed heroin addict who carried out a spate of burglaries at a variety of premises in the city centre last Christmas was sentenced to four years imprisonment.
Michael Desmond, aged 32, of St Munchin’s Street, St Mary’s Park pleaded guilty to a total of eight charges relating to offences last November and December.
Desmond, who has 47 previous convictions, admitted stealing a wallet, containing €150 in cash, from the Boutique Hotel, Denmark Street on December 20 as well as €300 in cash from Aubars, Thomas Street on Christmas Eve. Other offences happened at the Mejana Restaurant on Thomas Street as well as House Pizza, Sexton Street North.
The defendant also pleaded guilty to stealing two mobile phones and €20 in cash from Ard Scoil Rís, Ennis Road on November 28, last and to a burglary charge relating to an incident at Christ the King Church, Caherdavin two days later.
Charges relating to an alleged burglary at the offices of Childline Services on O’Connell Street on Christmas Day were withdrawn by the State following Desmond’s guilty pleas.
Imposing sentence, Judge Carroll Moran commented the defendant has a “very bad record” and had committed the first of the offences just six weeks after he was released from prison.
He said the number of offences was an aggravating factor as was the fact that they were committed while he was on a suspended sentence bond.
He imposed a two year prison sentence which is to be served consecutively to the suspended sentence, which he activated.