A Togher man who confessed to escaping from custody at Cork District Court last July after breaking into a pharmacy in Passage West was jailed for 18 months.
Anthony O’Sullivan of 17 Araglen Court, Deanrock estate, Togher, Cork, was sentenced at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
The 33-year-old admitted smashing a glass door at the Passage West pharmacy at Strand Street in Passage West, County Cork, on July 8, and attempting to enter the premises as a trespasser.
He also pleaded guilty to escaping from lawful custody at Cork District Court on July 9.
Garda Thomas Delaney said at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that after 11pm on July 8 gardaí got a call from a witness about a break-in at Foley’s pharmacy.
Gardaí began searching for the culprit.
They were alerted to the fact that a man was seen hiding behind bins in the garden at the back of a house.
He was arrested and subsequently brought before Cork District Court.
The nature of the ‘escape’ that gave rise to the charge was that he walked out of the courtroom at a time when he was technically in custody.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said he would look at the burglary and criminal damage charge in Passage and sentence him for those counts but would not add to his sentence because of leaving the courtroom and that this latter charge would be taken into consideration.
Garda Delaney said O’Sullivan’s number of previous convictions amounted to 481 but that many of these related to driving offences.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said, “He never showed the gardaí any aggression, there was no difficulty dealing with him.
"He seems hopelessly addicted.
"He is doing very well in prison.
"I backdate the sentence to when he went into custody on July 9.”
The judge imposed a sentence of 18 months and said he was not going to suspend any part of it.