Portlaoise man given every opportunity

A PORTLAOISE man who was given every opportunity by the District Court to deal with his drug addiction has been sentenced to detention for burglary.

A PORTLAOISE man who was given every opportunity by the District Court to deal with his drug addiction has been sentenced to detention for burglary.

John O’Shea, 20 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, broke into 44 Lakeglen, Portlaoise, on July 10. He stole a 42” television, a laptop, an X-box console and a number of games. The total value of the items was €1,179, Inspector Martin Harrington told the court.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said O’Shea has drug difficulties and is using heroin, but he is engaging with the probation services and Coote Street addiction services in Portlaoise.

“He’s seeking an indulgence to get treatment,” Mr Meagher told Judge Catherine Staines.

Remarking that O’Shea has committed a number of thefts and burglaries, Judge Staines said: “I gave him every opportunity to deal with his addiction. There’s a letter here from the HSE which says he didn’t attend for two weeks and now he’s committed further offences while on bail.”

The judge imposed six months’ detention. A further 12 month sentence, consecutive, was suspended for two years. Condition of the suspension is that O’Shea must engage with the probation service upon his release and he must attend Coote Street. He must also abstain from substances. Judge Staines said O’Shea would have to detox during his six-months in St Patrick’s Institute and she hoped that he would be released straight into Coote Street when his sentence is served.

Recognizance was fixed in the event of an appeal and O’Shea posted bail at the end of last week’s court.