Man jailed for his 100th conviction at Cork court 

Man jailed for his 100th conviction at Cork court 

A man’s 100th criminal conviction today saw him being jailed for eight months.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed the jail term on Damien Morley at Cork District Court today for a burglary at city centre property on January 23.

Morley was one of the few prisoners brought from Cork Prison in person to appear in court today. 

Others were mainly dealt with by video link from prison to court.

Garda Majella O’Sullivan charged Damien Morley, 31, of no fixed address, with entering the Nations property on 14 Parnell Place as a trespasser to commit theft on January 23.

Sergeant John Kelleher said the accused man was caught a short distance from the scene and stolen property from the burglary was recovered from him.

“Mr Morley has 99 previous convictions including five for burglary and two for robbery,” Sgt. Kelleher said.

Michael Quinlan, defence solicitor, said that against that background the accused man was now in a steady relationship.

“He was an addict and still is an addict in that sense. He was homeless, living in a tent in Blackpool,” Mr Quinlan said.

The solicitor said that Morley and his partner had pulled themselves and gotten clean of drugs.

However, the January offence occurred when Morley relapsed. 

He said that both Mr Morley and his partner had both suffered a lot through the suicide of a person close to each of them.

Mr Quinlan acknowledged there were three suspended sentences hanging over the defendant but he asked the judge not to revoke the suspension on any one of those. 

Judge said that he would not revoke any of the suspensions today.

Instead he imposed a total sentence of eight months backdated to when Morley went into custody on January 23.

“I take into consideration some efforts at rehabilitation in the meantime. He won’t get a second chance (in terms of revoking the suspended sentences) if he is found guilty again,” Judge Kelleher said.

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