A 26 year old local man who refused to leave after he followed a woman into her home and then left after taking bottles of alcohol from the house, was jailed for 18 months at Dundalk Circuit Court last week.
William Joyce of Aghameen Park, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary arising out of the incident at Doolargy Avenue, Muirhevnamor on the ninth of January last.
The court heard last Thursday taht that the injured party noticed a man scraping snow or frost off a wall when she arrived back at her home and that as she went in through the front door, she realised that the man had followed her in.
She asked her partner to tend to their children upstairs while she told the accused to leave but he didn’t respond and seemed ‘out of it’ on drugs and placed knives from the kitchen in the waist band of his trousers.
He also took a bottle of wine and one of vodka from the fridge and a set of car keys, and while a neighbour the woman had called, persuaded him to remove the knives from his waist band, he left with the other items. Only the car keys were recovered.
The court was told that two days later he had to be restrained as he became violent and aggressive during his arrest and when he was brought to Dundalk Garda Station he caused over 400 euros worth of damage to a desk when he lashed out with a kick.
The court heard Willie Joyce had 126 previous convictions – including 7 burglaries and six criminal damage offences and roughly 70 road traffic offences such as driving without insurance.
The Defence barrister said her client has had a difficulty with drugs since the age of 13, and a GP called to the garda station had prescribed medication while he was in custody but she added he’d detoxed since January and is now clean of all drugs.
Judge Rory MacCabe imposed a three year sentence, but suspended the final 18 months on the accused entering a bond to be of good behaviour for three years after his release.