Man has spent 14 of the last 15 years in prison
A man with a Scottish accent, who appeared on two shoplifting charges before the District Court in Wexford, told Judge Gerard Haughton he had spent 14 of the past 15 years in Irish jails.
William Dunne, with an address at 63 Simon Community, Dundalk - alternatively of no fixed abode - was brought to the courthouse in Ardcavan on charges of stealing bottles of booze from Dunnes Stores and Greenacres, both offences admitted.
He arrived from Mountjoy Prison to find that his solicitor was not in court as she had not been notified that the matter was due to be dealt with. Dunne indicated that he was happy to allow the case go ahead without legal representation.
He acknowledged that he had 160 previous convictions and he told the court that he had been a bricklayer until an assault changed his life. He reckoned that he was 'drunk and disoriented' for the past 15 years and that he spent 14 of those behind bars.
There were no complaints from the defendant as the judge added two months to the sentence already being served. 'That's okay,' was the response of the offender before he was led away to begin the journey back to Mountjoy.