GARDAÍ saw a man they were observing enter an apartment complex and tying a shirt up over his face on bank holiday Monday after becoming suspicious of his actions earlier that day, a court heard yesterday.
Dwayne Corcorcan, of 20 Dublin Street, Blackpool, Cork, pleaded guilty to a burglary charge as soon as he was brought before Cork District Court.
Judge Olann Kelleher sentenced him to four months in jail.
While defence solicitor Donal Daly argued that Corcoran, 33, had been out of trouble for about three years, Judge Kelleher said the young man had 21 previous convictions for burglary.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the Director of Public Prosecutions directed that the case could be dealt with summarily at Cork District Court.
Detective Sergeant Kieran O’Sullivan outlined the background to the incident which occurred at 3pm on Monday afternoon in Blackpool.
“Gardaí from Watercourse Road observed Dwayne Corcoran topless at the time. They kept him under observation. He went to a building at Heron Gate, Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool,” said Det Sgt O’Sullivan.
“He entered that building and placed a T-shirt over his face. He was seen on CCTV. No property was taken.”
Sgt Davis said the accused had 128 previous convictions, including 21 counts for burglary.
Mr Daly, solicitor, said Corcoran had not come to the attention of gardaí for about three years.
“You know him well. He would have been a desperate thorn in the guards’ side before 2017, but he managed a remarkable turnaround in his life since then,” said Mr Daly.
Det Sgt O’Sullivan agreed with that.
Mr Daly said the accused went to the communal area of the apartment complex and there was no question of him going into any apartment.
The solicitor said the defendant had been using heroin in the past but was off it for a long time, and that gardaí would have been aware of that.
Mr Daly said the defendant has a new partner and Corcoran was doing very well in his life with her.
However, the solicitor said this young woman was away for a few days and in that period Corcoran had this “slip”. He urged the judge to see it in that manner.
The judge said he took that into consideration, but also had to have regard to the 21 previous burglary convictions.