Portlaoise GAA theft

A PORTLAOISE man convicted of several burglaries, who was caught with a knife in his possession, was last week sentenced to prison at Portlaoise District Court.

A PORTLAOISE man convicted of several burglaries, who was caught with a knife in his possession, was last week sentenced to prison at Portlaoise District Court.

Clive Greene, with addresses listed at 3 Harpurs Lane and numbers 27 and 73 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, was charged with burglary from two shops in Portlaoise, between June 2 and 3 last year.

Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that the total value of property stolen from The Laundry Shop and Clearout, both on the Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise, was €900. The inspector said that all goods had been recovered following Greene’s arrest.

Greene was also charged with burglary from the local GAA club. Insp Harrington said that Greene was one of a number of intruders who broke into the Portlaoise GAA Club, Fr Brown Road, on June 13 last year. The inspector told the court that Greene attempted to steal money from the pool table in the club and he fled the scene when disturbed. €700 of damage was caused during the incident.

Greene was also detected with a penknife in his possession, at the Dublin Road, Portlaoise, on April 9 this year.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client had the knife in question to go fishing, not to commit an offence, but she admitted that given Greene’s history of offending, his possession of the knife presented concerns.

Ms Fitzpatrick told Judge Catherine Staines that Greene had suffered with a serious cannabis addiction which finally led to a heroin addiction and, at a previous sitting of the Circuit Court, Greene asked to be remanded in custody to receive treatment.

Ms Fitzpatrick said that Greene had been released in February of this year and had been okay for a while, but then “he fell into old habits”. She added that the buildings Greene had broken into were commercial premises which were empty at the time. Ms Fitzpatrick concluded by saying that Greene is due back before the Circuit Court in October on more serious matters.

Judge Staines imposed sentences of ten months and four months.