A TEENAGER who showed a very dismissive attitude to his probation officer was jailed for 14 months for a catalogue of offending that included cannabis-dealing and stealing a Jeep.
Jamie Russell of Presentation Close, Gurranabraher, Cork, was formally arrested by Detective Garda Liam Lingane yesterday. Sergeant John Kelleher said directions were available from the Director of Public Prosecutions for trial at district court level. Defence solicitor Eddie Burke said the 19-year-old was pleading guilty to the charges at the earliest opportunity.
Det. Garda Lingane said Russell left his home in the early hours of February 22 and broke into a neighbour’s shed and stole a lawnmower and strimmers which he brought home to his own house. He then broke into another shed in the neighbourhood and did likewise with a second lawnmower.
He went out again and found an unlocked Jeep which he searched until he found the keys. He drove to Ballincollig and entered two unlocked cars but did not take anything. He drove to Blarney and got into another three cars, stealing property that included Prada sunglasses, a golf bag and a golf buggy.
Gardaí later saw Russell in the Jeep and he ran from the vehicle. The stolen property was recovered from it.
Officers called to the house and found the lawnmowers and other equipment scattered around the front garden of his own house. They also found 13 deals of cannabis with a total value of €300 and he admitted dealing the drug.
The 19-year-old also admitted previous charges related to December 10, 2019 at Sumount, Military Hill, Cork, where he committed a burglary, and another burglary on the same date at another address in the area.
He also pleaded guilty to trespassing at a house on December 14 last at Mount Eden Terrace, Mount Eden Road, Gurranabraher, Cork, in a manner likely to cause fear in another.
Finally, on December 14 2019 at Chapel Field, Gurranabraher, he got into car without permission of the owner.
Judge Olann Kelleher referred to the attitude of the accused as described in the probation report. Eddie Burke defence solicitor accepted that it did the defendant no favours.
Russell had previous convictions including one for stealing a car and five for damaging property.
Outlining his background, Mr Burke said, “He has only just turned 19. He stayed out of trouble for 12 months. He left education at the age of 13. He has a two-year-old child.
“He started getting into difficulty and his main addiction was to tablets more than anything else. He was under the influence of tablets during this escapade.” Mr Burke said the young man never had a father figure available to him growing up.
Judge Kelleher noted that when the February offences were committed he was on bail on the December charges sentences for crimes in the different periods had to be consecutive. The judge imposed six months on Russell for the December 2019 offences and consecutive eight-month sentences for the February crimes.