Cork man just out of jail gets four years for burglary

Cork man just out of jail gets four years for burglary

A PRISONER who was released after a long sentence for drug dealing, soon carried out a burglary where he stole €30,000 worth of jewellery and today he was sent back to prison to start another sentence — of four years.

Wayne McNamara of Beechtree Avenue, Shanakiel, appeared at Cork Circuit Criminal Court where Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin jailed him for six years yesterday with the last two years suspended.

He admitted burglary and the theft of jewellery at Westpoint, Shanakiel, being in possession of heroin, refusing to comply with a search by Detective Garda Michael Dolan at Gurranabraher station, and having no insurance at Hollyhill.

Detective Garda Alan Johnston outlined evidence of the most serious offence — the burglary.

He said the house was completely ransacked during the burglary of the large amount of jewellery — many of the items having high monetary and sentimental value.

McNamara, 36, made no admissions to gardaí and did not co-operate in any attempt to get the jewellery back for the owners.

Detective Garda Johnston said the defendant used a hurley to smash his way into the house and that CCTV from the surrounding area helped to link him to the crime.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin noted that McNamara was only released from prison a short time after serving a long sentence for drug dealing when he carried out this burglary.

Detective Garda Johnston said the owners did not make a victim impact statement, but expressed through him, their upset about the fact that items of sentimental value will not be recovered, their home was damaged and the thought that someone had been in their home without their permission.

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