Addict smashed Parcel Motel security doors
A DRUG addict who was strung out on cocaine and heroin smashed open 12 security doors of a Parcel Motel unit in Portmarnock and stole a child’s FurReal Friends Magical Unicorn, a court has heard.
Martin Collins (26) has been sentenced to nine months in prison after he claimed he had ‘no recollection’ of causing €1,000 worth of damage to the unit to feed his drug addiction.
Judge Conal Gibbons said ‘It’s horrendous to think of his audaciousness. He has a complete disregard for other people’s property.’
Collins (26), of Neilstown Gardens in Clondalkin and has 75 previous convictions, including robbery, theft and use of a fraudulent NCT disc, pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to the theft of the Magical Unicorn valued at €26.49 and causing criminal damage to the Parcel Motel at Texaco Garage on Strand Road in Portmarnock on November 6, 2016. He was caught on CCTV in the early hours of the morning smashing open the doors and throwing parcels on the ground before opening one and stealing the child’s toy.
The defendant has been addicted to drugs since the age of 16, his defence barrister told the court.
‘He has been clean since he went into custody on another offence and has stayed off drugs,’ the barrister said.
‘He wasn’t in his right mind at the time and he was feeding his drug addiction,’ the barrister added.
Judge Gibbons said ‘ intoxication is an aggravating factor not a mitigating factor.’
‘He has been dishonest many times and is not satisfied with breaking things up but then steals a toy. How low can you get? The miserableness of it. He thought there was something valuable in the parcel,’ said Judge Gibbons.
‘I know it’s a toy but some kid was expecting it,’ he added.
He convicted and sentenced Collins to nine months in prison for the criminal damage charge and six months in prison for the criminal damage charge, to run concurrently.
He said he was not prepared to suspend any part of the sentence.