Burglar’s suspended sentence

A ten-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, was last week imposed on a former Laois man convicted of burglary.

A ten-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, was last week imposed on a former Laois man convicted of burglary.

Before the district court was David Eremita, with various addresses including Portlaoise, Dublin and a hostel in Longford.

He was charged with burglary at 51 St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, on May 31.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that the occupants of the house returned home on the night to discover Eremita and another male on the premises. The two men had property ready to remove from the house and were confronted by the occupants. The gardaí were called and the two men, who were both highly intoxicated, were arrested outside the house.

Insp Farrelly revealed that no property was damaged in the incident.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that at the time Eremita’s lifestyle had been chaotic and he had been effectively homeless, drinking excessively and using drugs.

Mr Meagher said that Eremita has since attended for treatment and is now alcohol and drug free.

“There’s some hope for him,” said Mr Meagher, explaining that Eremita is now back living and working with his father.

After reading an updated probation report on the defendant, Judge Catherine Stained noted he had experienced a lot of difficulties during his young years. She commended him for seeking treatment, but remarked that she had to protect people whose homes were broken into.

The judge suspended the ten-month sentence for two years, and warned Eremita he would go to prison if he committed any other offences.