‘Rampage’ of car break-ins

A DUBLIN man who went on what Judge Catherine Staines described as “a rampage” of car break-ins across Portarlington has been ordered to pay compensation and engage with community service.

Philip Cruise, 62 Cairn Court, Poppintree, Ballymun, Dublin 11, broke into five cars on April 16, at Gracefield GAA Club, the Portarlington Golf Club, Garryhinch, the Heritage Golf Club, Killenard, and Cooltaderry, Port.

He faced four charges of criminal damage and five charges of theft.

Inspector Martin Smethers told the court that four of the cars had their windows broken and among the items taken were wallets, a handbag, Ipods, a camera, a credit union book and a SAT nav with charger. The inspector estimated that the total loss to the injured parties was €600.

Defence claimed that Cruise suffered with depression and panic attacks and a doctor’s letter was submitted to the court. Defence said that Cruise is the main carer for his father, who is ill, with Cruise bringing him to appointments three times a week.

Defence said that Cruise, an unemployed carpet-fitter, had never committed an offence before, but he had been “hanging around with the wrong crowd”.

The court heard that Cruise is on €188 per week social welfare and defence handed in €100 to the court by way of compensation.

“You went on a rampage, why?” Judge Staines asked Cruise.

“Stupidity,” he replied.

The judge ordered him to pay €50 a week damages and the matter was put back to September 6 for a community service and probation report. Cruise was ordered to have all money in court by that date.


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