‘Pathetic’ attempt to steal

A probation report has been ordered on a Portlaoise man who was thwarted in his attempts to steal mobile phones after smashing the front window of a store.

A probation report has been ordered on a Portlaoise man who was thwarted in his attempts to steal mobile phones after smashing the front window of a store.

Nicholas Carville, 1A Lake Avenue, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, was caught on CCTV smashing the front window of the Meteor Shop in Lyster Square, Portlaoise, at 4.30am on November 23 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly told last week’s district court that Carville then spent a number of minutes trying to steal mobile phones, but he couldn’t as the items were well secured.

Insp Farrelly said that the damage caused was €1,000. Carville was charged with criminal damage, and burglary. He had 23 previous convictions, including damaging property.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that Carville made for “a very pathetic figure trying to do what he did”.

“He was out of his mind on drugs at the time,” said Mr Meagher, explaining that Carville had experienced personal difficulties and fell off the wagon.

Mr Meagher said that 40-year-old Carville is currently attending Coote Street for counselling due to a long-standing difficulty with heroin.

Defence concluded by saying Carville had saved up €1,000 for compensation.

Judge Catherine Staines ordered that the compensation be handed over, and remarked that the break-in must have been hugely inconvenient for the owner of the shop.

As Carville had pleaded guilty, had saved compensation and was dealing with his drug problem, the judge put the matter back to April 16 for a probation report.