Man convicted of ransacking widow's unoccupied home
A WIDOW told the District Court last week how her Enniscorthy home was ransacked last November 25 while she was in Wexford. Householder Alice Connors from Cherryorchard was giving evidence in the case of 20-year-old unemployed Mike Connors of 66 Coolevin in Ballybrack, Dublin.
She told how her husband died five years ago. On the Friday in question she received a call to tell her that Gardaí were at her home. She returned to find the place a mess with everything turned upside down. She assured Judge Gerard Haughton that she gave no one permission to be on the premises during her absence.
Garda Andrea Cullen gave evidence of how she was called to the bungalow in Cherryorchard at 1.47 p.m. that afternoon with her colleague Anthony Kingston. She observed a man in a bedroom where she saw a drawer on a bed but he ran out and fled from the scene.
Meanwhile, her colleague went to the back of the premises where the defendant jumped out of a window and eluded Garda Kingston's pursuit.
The two Gardaí went promptly to the car park of the Lidl supermarket where they kept a Ford Focus under observation.
Mike Connors approached the vehicle but then walked on. He was arrested in nearby Bellefield Road. In court, he entered a not guilty plea but, once Judge Gerard Haughton ruled that he had a case to answer, he declined to offer any evidence in his own defence. Connors was convicted of the burglary. A six month jail term was recorded but an order for 100 hours community service will be substituted if the defendant produces €500 compensation to Alice Connors by November 21. ' That's more than fair,' was the reaction of Mr. Ring.
The case was conducted in the absence of James Connors (30) from 21 Lower Tinahask, Arklow who was due to meet burglary and dangerous driving charges. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.