TWO young men who broke into Lidl and smashed €200 worth of vodka bottles cannot remember the incident.
Eoin Green (23), Donadeen Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, and Daniel O’Sullivan ( 19), Ballyogan Road, Carrickmines, both appeared in Bray District Court last Thursday where they admitted burglary.
The incident occurred at Lidl in Bray on Monday, April 21, 2014. The younger of the two, O’Sullivan, was 16 at the time.
The entrance was forced and the glass broken in two doors. Gardaí found glass bottles broken around the store, and the defendants’ fingerprints.
The court heard that the damage to the doors cost € 873.95.
Barrister Eibhlin Ní Raghallaigh said that Green, who couldn’t recall the incident, has done a number of courses. She said that he apologises to the court, the gardaí and injured parties and is addressing substance misuse issues.
Ms Ní Raghallaigh asked the judge to take into consideration the fact that O’Sullivan was a juvenile at the time .
Judge David Kennedy noted that both defendants had a number of previous convictions, including obstruction, trespass and assault in O’Sullivan’s case, and theft, violent behaviour and public order in Green’s case.
He sentenced O’Sullivan to eight months detention, and Green to 10 months in prison.
‘The fact that they can’t remember the incident says more that they were just out of their heads,’ said Judge Kennedy. ‘It’s no excuse for their behaviour.
‘By their smiles I don’t think they really mind. They’re standing there smiling. I don’t think they’re particularly bothered with either the sentence or what I have to say.’