Suspended sentence for attempted burglary
A 25-YEAR-OLD Wexford town man who changed an earlier not guilty plea to guilty was given a three-year suspended prison sentence on a burglary charge.
Sean Bergin, of 19 Ferndale Terrace, Wexford, and also of 45 Wolfe Tone Villas, Wexford, came before Wexford Circuit Criminal Court on a charge of entering Kilmuckridge Lodge, Ballyadam, Kilmuckridge, on April 13, 2012, as a trespasser with intent to commit a theft.
When the case was originally called the defendant entered a not guilty plea leaving a jury to be enpannelled, but when the case was later called the defendant changed his plea to one of guilty.
Sgt Michael O'Grady told the court that the owner of the property, Shane Forsey, received a telephone call alerting him to a vehicle outside the property. On checking the premises, it was found that a window had been forced. He said that a Mazda car which had been purchased by the defendant the previous day was in the driveway with the key in it. While a TV had been disturbed nothing had been taken.
Sgt O'Grady said when the defendant was tracked down and interviewed when he made a full admission of having carried out the burglary.
The defendant, he said, had 13 previous convictions. The damage to the window amounted to €50, he added.
Defence Counsel Sinead Gleeson said the defendant made a full admission to gardai. He had not come to garda attention since. She said nothing had been taken. The defendant, she said, is now completely substance free while he takes very little alcohol. He is a member of St. Joseph's G.A.A. Club while he has a job as an Environmental Health Worker as a caretaker.
Judge Alice Doyle said the defendant had quite a CV of criminality, before imposing a three-year prison sentence, which she would suspend for three years on condition that he keeps the peace and liaise with the probation and welfare services and that he pays €50 compensation to the victim.