Man with 121 previous convictions jailed for six months for an 'unusual burglary'

Man with 121 previous convictions jailed for six months for an 'unusual burglary'
The burglary took place at Grand Parade in Cork.

AN unusual burglary in Cork city saw a man breaking a window to get out of a premises.

Thomas O’Sullivan, aged 34, was jailed for four months today for the burglary after he pleaded guilty to the offence at Cork District Court.

Shane Collins-Daly, defence solicitor, said: “He broke a window to try to get out of the property which was quite unusual.”

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said that on May 23 at 8.30am gardaí received a report of a window being broken above the doorway of a house at Grand Parade, Cork.

Witnesses said that a man and a woman were seen leaving the scene. 

O’Sullivan was arrested later at Parnell Place as he matched the description of the culprit.

Mr Collins-Daly stressed that nothing was taken in the course of the trespassing and that the reason the defendant and the woman with him had gone into the building was to get some place safe to sleep.

The solicitor said that as well as the unusual feature of the window being broken from the inside to get out there was also a particularly sad background to the offence.

Mr Collins-Daly said that defendant’s sister had died while living on the street in Cork city last Christmas.

The solicitor said Mr O’Sullivan was extremely upset about that and was determined to stay off the streets himself.

While he had been staying at St Vincent’s hostel he left it too late to get in on this night and went to the property on Grand Parade to stay there.

O’Sullivan was trying to deal with addiction difficulties and was on a methadone programme. 

“I would ask you to give him some light at the end of the tunnel,” Mr Collins-Daly said.

Judge Olann Kelleher acknowledged the defendant’s background difficulties but said he had 121 previous convictions, including 18 counts of burglary. 

The judge said: “He cannot take the law into his own hands. He should know that more than anyone given the amount of time he has spent in custody.”

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