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Monday 26 August 2019

Man convicted in Rebecca French case admits burglary

28-YEAR-OLD Ricardas Dilys – with an address at 44 Davitt Road South in Wexford – made an appearance last week in connection with a burglary in Clonroche. The Lithuanian recently convicted of obstructing the Garda investigation in the wake of the death of Rebecca French followed proceedings at Enniscorthy District Court with the assistance of an interpreter.

When Dilys was brought to the courthouse in Ardcavan a week earlier, a not guilty plea was indicated but, seven days later, the accused accepted his responsibility for the break-in at a house in Coolroe in Clonroche. A summary of evidence was provided to the court on Wednesday by Garda Detective Sergeant Terry Butler who recalled that the offence was committed sometime on January 28 or 29 last year.

The culprit gained access after a window was broken at the house. Cash, including a quantity of coins, was taken along with an engagement ring. Technical examination of the scene discovered the defendant's fingerprints on the frame of a wedding photograph. None of the stolen material was ever recovered, the detective reported.

Judge Donnchadh Ó Buachalla was told that the defendant had already been given a ten-year sentence at the Central Criminal Court – the last two years suspended on condition that he leaves the country. Dilys also had a previous conviction for theft imposed at Enniscorthy District Court in February of this year.

Solicitor Julie Breen said her client had no family in Ireland, while his mother, sister and aunt resided in Lithuania. The judge recorded a four month prison sentence for the Coolroe burglary, to be served concurrently with the existing term. Handcuffs were returned to the wrists of Dilys before he was led away from the courtroom by prison officers through a side door.

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