Burglar with 397 previous convictions jailed

Burglar with 397 previous convictions jailed

A young man who is now approaching his 400th conviction has been jailed for 18 months. Picture; David Creedon / Anzenberger

A young man who is now approaching his 400th conviction has been jailed for 18 months. 

The Wig Clinic in Cork was the scene of a burglary in May and on Wednesday the culprit was jailed for 18 months for that and another burglary.

36-year-old William McCarthy of no fixed address pleaded guilty to both crimes at Cork District Court.

Sergeant Pat Lyons said the 36-year-old had 397 previous convictions. 110 of these were for burglary and 61 of them were for theft. He ended today with two more convictions.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a jail term of eight months with ten months consecutive.

As for commenting on the defendant the judge confined himself to stating, “397 convictions and 110 of these were for burglary,” Judge Olann Kelleher said.

Defence solicitor, Joseph Cuddigan said, “When he was granted his High Court bail he actively engaged in rehabilitation.  He has not had an easy passage through life. Very often he has sought solace through alcohol and drugs.” 

Mr Cuddigan said that while the accused man had numerous previous convictions he had taken steps in his own rehabilitation preparatory to taking up a residential treatment programme.

Sergeant Pat Lyons said that on May 6 at The Wig Clinic on 133 Barrack Street, having entered as a trespasser, the defendant went behind the counter and committed theft of cash box containing €900 and a gold coloured Apple iPhone 7.

“On March 26 he entered the drivers’ area of the bus station at Parnell Place and stole glasses and a jacket before leaving. He made a full admission,” Sgt. Lyons said.

Mr Cuddigan outlined a series of tragedies and challenges in the defendant’s life that caused him to resort to offending behaviour.

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