End of the line for 18-year-old thief

AN 18-year-old Portlaoise man charged with nine counts of burglary was last week released on bail under the supervision of his father, to seek treatment for his drug addiction.

AN 18-year-old Portlaoise man charged with nine counts of burglary was last week released on bail under the supervision of his father, to seek treatment for his drug addiction.

Sean Kemp, 11 Fielbrook, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, appeared at last week’s district court to face a charge of burglary and the possession of certain articles, at 31 The Willows, Forest Park, Portlaoise, on January 6 this year.

Further charges were brought against him by Garda Conor Egan and Garda Conor Murphy. Both gardaí gave evidence that when they charged Kemp, he replied: “I regret it.”

Kemp was released on his own bail of €100 and an independent cash surety of €300, which was posted by his father, Mr James Dooley.

Mr Dooley told the court that he was willing to offer his son a place to stay and he remarked that it is about time Kemp started to take responsibilty for himself.

Conditions of Kemp’s bail are that he must reside at 11 Fielbrook, he must adhere to a curfew of 8pm to 8am, and he must sign on daily at the garda station.

Kemp was also ordered to seek treatment for his drug addiction and Judge Catherine Staines asked the probation service to enquire about available places at Coote Street in Portlaoise.

The judge was told by Ms Ann Walsh of the probation service that there is no place available for him locally, meaning he will have to attend Trinity Court in Dublin.

Judge Staines said it was not suitable to send a young man to a clinic such as Trinity Court, where there would be hundreds of adult drug addicts, and she said she wants a care worker to accompany Kemp when he attends.

She also requested that someone from the HSE attend the next court sitting in relation to Kemp.

“This really is the end of the line for you,” the judge warned Kemp. “If you don’t take up this chance and continue to offend, I’ll have to send you to St Patrick’s Institution.”

The matter was put back to January 17, with Judge Staines reminding Kemp that any breaches of his bail conditions and he’ll be arrested.