Ad­dict smashed Par­cel Mo­tel se­cu­rity doors

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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