Dubliner with 161 convictions jailed for breaking into car after house party in Cork

Dubliner with 161 convictions jailed for breaking into car after house party in Cork

A seven-month jail term was imposed on a Dubliner who went back on the drink at a house party in Cork and then broke into a car belonging to a pharmacist.

Carl Harford of Ratoath Drive, Finglas, Dublin, was caught red-handed, Judge Olann Kelleher said at Cork District Court.

Sergeant John Kelleher said the accused was caught sitting in the car on March 29 at St. Mary’s, Pope’s Quay, Cork.

The owner of the car later told gardaí that the location where the car was found was not where she had parked it earlier that night.

A window of the Volkswagen Golf had been smashed to gain entrance. And Harford was found sitting in the car.

He pleaded guilty to charges including taking the car without permission, interfering with it and causing criminal damage.

Sgt. Kellher said the defendant had 161 previous convictions. 

Of particular relevance were 13 theft convictions, nine for driving without insurance and two for causing criminal damage.

Eddie Burke, solicitor, said the accused was in remanded in custody since the crime occurred almost two months ago.

“The majority of his convictions go back to when he was a juvenile in Finglas.

“He left the country to get away from people. He had been addicted to drink and tablets. He got clean when living in Spain and countries around there.

“He was visiting his partner in Midleton and went to a party in Cork city and took drink again.

“As soon as he came around he apologised to gardaí for his behaviour. He cannot even remember what happened he was so intoxicated,” Mr Burke said.

Judge Kelleher backdated the sentence to March 29 when Harford went into custody.

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