Sunday, July 26, 2020

Burglar left his phone at crime scene

after falling asleep on couch

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A MAN who broke into a house and fell asleep on the couch before departing, leaving his mobile phone and a cigarette lighter behind, was ordered to take part in a restorative justice programme.

At Portlaoise District Court last Thursday, the defendant pleaded guilty to trespass. He also pleaded guilty to being intoxicated in public and to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Sergeant JJ Kirby said that when the owner of the house in question returned home at 7am one morning, he noticed broken glass in a door. Inside he found a black Samsung mobile phone and a cigarette lighter. Sgt Kirby informed the court that the owner believed the intruder had spent some time going around the house.

Sgt Kirby said that on 11 May at 9.30pm, the defendant was spotted by gardaí. When he was approached by the gardaí, he became abusive towards them and also with members of the public, who were in the vicinity.

Defending solicitor Josephine Fitzpatrick said that the issue with her client “is around drink. He has little recollection of what happened on the night and wants to say sorry for his behaviour to the gardaí on the night. He brought €200 to court to pay for the damage he caused in the house and has a letter of apology for the householder”.

Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the case until 5 November and ordered the defendant to take part in a restorative justice programme and that the letter of apology be given to the householder.

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