Theft accused had no legal representation
A BRAY man who has admitted robbing a pharmacy has had his sentence adjourned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court because he had no legal representation.
Jonathan Burke (31) of Ashlawn Court, Bray said he told the Wheatfield Prison governor and his father to contact another solicitor’s office after he fired his first legal team, but heard nothing back.
Judge Frank O’Donnell asked: ‘What am I to do? The man doesn’t have any representation.’
Burke was to be sentenced for robbing cash and tablets from Sheerness Pharmacy, Foxrock, and dangerous driving during his get away at the N11 and Westminster Road junction and Ardmore Park, Bray on April 7, 2007.
He told judge Frank O’Donnell that he was eager to ‘ get (the case) over with’ as he had been waiting two years in jail for the outcome, adding that his friend had his sentence finalised a year ago.
The judge replied that his friends ‘didn’t sack their lawyers’ and declared he wasn’t convinced by Burke’s efforts to organise his defence team.
Burke continued saying: ‘ I’m in prison. I can’t go to the (solicitor’s) office’.
Judge O’Donnell suggested he write a letter and motioned to prosecution counsel, Ms Geraldine Small BL, to pass the solicitor’s address and telephone number across the courtroom to Burke.
He warned Burke that he would proceed with the case ‘regardless’ if he showed up in court on the next date with no representation.