Portlaoise thief caught red-handed

A PORTLAOISE man already serving a sentence for criminal damage was last week given an additional three months in prison, having been caught trying to climb over the gate of a private residence.

A PORTLAOISE man already serving a sentence for criminal damage was last week given an additional three months in prison, having been caught trying to climb over the gate of a private residence.

Luke O’Grady, 50 Main street, Flat 1, Portlaoise, was charged with burglary at Subvert III, Lower Bridge Street, Portlaoise, on January 19.

Inspector Declan Dunne gave evidence that gardaí observed O’Grady trying to climb over the rear gate of the property at 7.15am.

O’Grady has 11 previous convictions and is due for release on the criminal damage charge on September 7 this year.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that O’Grady had struggled with a chronic addiction to heroin and other drugs, but is now on 10ml of methadone a day.

“He was caught red-handed,” she admitted.