Prison for man who 'lost temper'
Mark Carolan – addresses given alternatively as 19 The Estuary, Redmond Road, Wexford and 6 Father Murphy Close in Enniscorthy – commenced a nine-month term in jail last Wednesday.
At the District Court last week, Judge Gerard Haughton asked to hear once more a summary of the evidence against the 23-year-old. On the evening of March 20, Carolan took two bottles of spirits from Caulfield's SuperValu without paying. He was found drinking from one of them on Shannon Hill shortly afterwards.
On July 5 last year, Gardaí were called to a party at 16 Cluain Buí in Enniscorthy where the tenant was Chris Moore. They found that a large amount of damage had been done to the house, though the culprit was no longer present. They later investigated a row in Madeira Grove where they discovered a Daewoo Llanos car with a damaged wing mirror.
Carolan, described as a single father-of-one child, was arrested there and an aluminium baseball bat was seized at Cluain Buí. The defendant made full admissions, accepting responsibility for criminal damage to the house and to the Daewoo.
Judge Gerard Haughton had to take into account the fact that a suspended sentence imposed with a public order conviction was hanging over the defendant, dating back to May of last year – before the matters being considered by the court.
In Carolan's defence, solicitor John O'Leary revealed that his client left school at 13. Alcohol was the common factor in the defendant's record of offending, the solicitor suggested. At the time the damage was done in Cluain Buí he had gone on a drinking spree.
'I got drunk as I usually do and lost my temper,' was Carolan's own version, which was heard by his pregnant girlfriend, listening from the public benches of the courtroom in Gorey. 'I am finished with crime and being in trouble,' he added.
The judge noted that the incident occurred just 10 days after a nine-month suspended sentence had expired. However, this still left the two-month term suspended in May, 2012 on conviction for threatening/abusive behaviour.
The judge was sceptical about a suggestion that compensation might be forthcoming.
In the twelve months since the events described, nothing had been put aside and Carolan had come to court without a cent in his pocket, he observed.
The court decided that the two months must be served, with seven months consecutive for the criminal damage and three months concurrent for theft.
'Suspended sentences do mean what they say,' concluded Judge Haughton.