Damage to pharmacy unlikely to be repaid
Published 27/05/2016 | 00:00
A criminal damage bill of around €3,000 is unlikely to be paid, it was suggested in the case of Philip Murphy Ballyowen, Wellingtonbridge.
The 22-year-old was arrested in Wexford one night last December after he knocked a hole in McCormack's Pharmacy and helped himself to perfume.
He also damaged seven other premises along the Main Street on the same date - The Loft, Rainbow Wholefoods, La Cuisine, Sarah King, Empress Boutique, Kelly's Resort and Oxfam.
Brought under prison escort to Wexford District Court, he also admitted counts of being drunk in public in November 2014, of driving with no insurance last June, and of possession of four plastic bags of cannabis last November.
Solicitor Ed King stated that his client had declined to take up his bail, preferring to stay in Cloverhill Prison in an effort to address his 'issues'.
Mr King accepted that Murphy's lifestyle had been chaotic for a period when he was dedicated to a combination of cannabis, alcohol and 'benzos'.
The defendant's mother was in court as Judge Gerard Haughton suggested that talk of addressing his problems was not matched by any firm proposals for treatment.
He imposed a nine-month sentence on the McCormack's Pharmacy burglary charge and a five month term for driving without insurance, both sentences concurrent to date from February when the defendant first went into custody.