Portlaoise man’s comp ‘better than nothing’

A PORTLAOISE man’s €100 compensation to an injured party whose house he burgled while a babysitter slept is “better than nothing”, according to Judge Catherine Staines.

A PORTLAOISE man’s €100 compensation to an injured party whose house he burgled while a babysitter slept is “better than nothing”, according to Judge Catherine Staines.

Jason Donoghue, 41 Lakeside Gardens, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, committed the burglary at 31 Lakeside Gardens on April 9. The case was adjourned at the previous court sitting for Donoghue to gather up compensation.

At last week’s court, defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick handed in a mental health service report on her client. Ms Fitzpatrick admitted that Donoghue’s actions had been a huge intrusion on the victim, but thankfully everyone in the house had been asleep at the time.

Ordering that the €100 compensation be handed over, Judge Staines declared: “He caused huge upset to the lady in the house. €100 is not adequate for what happened, but it’s better than nothing.”

The judge imposed a ten-month sentence, suspended for three years. She warned Donoghue to have no contact with the injured party, adding: “If there’s any question she’s afraid the matter is to be brought back.”