A Cork teenager who was “running amok” for a nine-month period last year breaking into cars around Cork city was sentenced to six months in jail today.
Judge Olann Kelleher said he was not being facetious when he said he lost count of the charges to which Dylan Barry, aged 19, was pleading guilty today.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said there was a total of 19 charges, related to breaking into cars, stealing from cars and failing to show up in court for cases that arose out of this crime spree.
Judge Kelleher said, “They are very serious charges, breaking into various cars, running amok for a number of months – for nine months at least – and now he has admitted 19 charges."
Eddie Burke, solicitor, said, Dylan Barry of 145 Kilnap Place, Farranree, Cork, had never been in trouble as a juvenile.
“Unfortunately, things fell down dramatically for him and he is before you for all these matters.
"Effectively, this man is from a very, very supportive family and good background. But there was a tragedy in the family about five years ago.
“He got involved with certain people. At the age of 19 he went in the wrong direction.
"He was drinking and taking tablets. He will come under the wing of the probation service when he comes out of prison.
"Unfortunately, counselling is not available to him in prison (due to Covid-19 restrictions),” Mr Burke said.
The six months imposed on him today will run concurrently with a 12-month jail term imposed on him last month for his part in the robbery of Costcutters in Grenagh North, County Cork, on February 28.
The evidence in that case – which was dealt with at Cork Circuit Criminal Court – was that Dylan Barry went into the shop, waited for a customer to be served, he then engaged in a transaction himself.
But when thesales assistant opened the till the defendant produce a steel baton and hit the sales assistant on the arm with the baton.
He took €45 from the till in €5 and €10 notes and tried to run but the shop manager and a customer who was present prevented Dylan Barry from leaving and gardaí arrived to arrest him.
A sentence of two years was imposed on him for that robbery, backdated to February when he went into custody. The second year of the sentence was suspended.