‘Lost con­trol’ af­ter brothers’ death

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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