Theft ac­cused had no le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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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.

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