A YOUNG man today charged with carrying a screwdriver after a burglary first denied the offence, then told the garda to go fuck himself, and then followed all of this with a plea of guilty and an apology.
As the plea of guilty was entered by Trevor Hegarty, aged 24, he also took the opportunity to apologise to Garda Ray Costello.
All of these matters from the charging to the plea of guilty and sentencing occurred within two hours.
Garda Costello charged Mr Hegarty of 48 Gurranabraher Avenue, Cork, with the offence at Cork District Court today.
Mr Hegarty’s reply after caution was, “I was never caught with no screwdriver. Go f**k yourself.”
However, as Garda Costello gave this evidence, he said the defendant had apologised to him.
Defence solicitor, Pat Horan, said there had been a misunderstanding by the defendant who had previously been charged with carrying out a burglary at The Cube premises on Monahan Rd, Cork, on April 14.
Sergeant John Kelleher said the accused was seen on CCTV breaking in through an emergency door and then going through a number of floors taking office stationary items and phone charges.
When he was arrested, he had a dishwasher tablet in his pocket of the same kind as those used in the kitchen at The Cube.
Mr Horan said it was typical of the accused to take items like the dishwasher tablet that would be of no possible use to him.
The solicitor said the young man sometimes took things like highlighters, for which he had no use.
Mr Horan said Hegarty wrote a letter to the judge which was handed in before sentencing.
Judge Kelleher said it was an articulate letter.
The defendant is trying to put measures in place to deal with his addiction difficulties.
Acknowledging that, Judge Kelleher said he also had to take account of the fact that the accused had three previous convictions for carrying some kind of weapon and this was his twelfth time being convicted of burglary.
Judge Kelleher expressed the hope that the accused would deal with his drugs problem.
The man was sentenced by Judge Kelleher to six months for the burglary and a concurrent six months for carrying the screwdriver without a lawful purpose.