Court - Tried car doors to steal cash to feed heroin addiction

Thefts

Court - Tried car doors to steal cash to feed heroin addiction

A Portlaoise man has been sentenced to jail for stealing items from a number of parked cars.

John O’Shea (25), 45 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, faced eight charges.

Inspector Oliver Baker gave evidence that on August 1 this year, gardaí received a report of a male acting suspiciously in the area of Cois Na hAbhann, Portlaoise.

Upon arriving at the scene the gardaí found the accused in a vehicle that did not belong to him. O’Shea had broken into the vehicle and had also broken into a number of other vehicles in the area, stealing items from them.

O’Shea had 18 previous convictions, including thefts, burglary and drug offences.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client had a longstanding difficulty with drugs, especially heroin, using between three-quarters of a bag and a full bag per day. He has since made efforts to deal with his difficulty, said Mr Meagher.

Defence went on to say that none of the vehicles on the night were damaged and no windows were broken, as O’Shea had been walking around in a pathetic state trying car doors in an effort to steal loose change.

“He was attempting to feed his habit,” said Mr Meagher, adding that O’Shea appreciated he had caused upset.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed ten months in prison, with the last three months suspended on condition he remain under probation supervision.

Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal.