‘Lost control’ after brothers’ death
A YOUNG man whose brother was killed in Greystones last year 'spiralled out of control' after the tragic death, it emerged in Bray District Court last week. Jimmy O'Brien 31 Burnaby Lawns, Greystones, was in court last Thursday facing 10 charges, including fighting and drunkenly running from gardai on Christmas Day near his own home; entering a number of private houses and their gardens in Bray and surrounding areas; and stealing jewellery from Greystones shops on two occasions, to a value of more than €3,500. While O'Brien had committed crimes before, they escalated after the death of his brother.
The late John O'Brien was found lying face-down on the side of the Farrankelly Road in Greystones with multiple head injuries on June 7 2010. His son's behaviour had improved since December, when his father got him back to the family home in an attempt to exert some control.
He added that O'Brien had started taking hash at the age of 14 and moved on to cocaine, ecstasy and other drugs. At one point after John's death, his 'sole reason for existing was to get more drugs.' Mr. Maloney said that his client is now clean for the first time since he was 15. Judge Connellan said that previous sentences in juvenile detention 'do not seem to have had the desired effect.
'He decided he was going to take illegal substances, nobody held him down and forced them down his throat,' said Judge Connellan. O'Brien was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the collection of offences.