A 29-year-old Tralee man who went on a ‘very serious burglary rampage’ has been jailed for two and a half years.
Emmet Tarmey of 11 Kileen Woods, Tralee was convicted of five separate counts of burglaries at various addresses in Tralee between September 28th and October 23rd, 2015.
He was also disqualified from driving for five years and given a 12-month concurrent sentence for using a vehicle without the owner’s consent on October 13th, 2015.
Emmet Tarmey had gone on a ‘very serious rampage where if property wasn’t nailed down he took it to feed a very serious drug habit’, Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard.
Detective Sergeant Brian Mackey said the accused was very approachable when sober but when on prescription tables was ‘one of the worst to deal with in Tralee’.
Brian McInerney, defending, described him as a Jekyll and Hyde character but said he had saved the court three separate trials by his guilty pleas.
He said his client was anxious to seek treatment for his addiction in custody.
Tarmey also pleaded guilty to possessing stolen property which included jewellery, power tools, bicycles and other items.
The total value of the items stolen was estimated at over €9,000 and none were recovered.
Judge Tom O’Donnell imposed three two-and-a-half-year concurrent sentences for three of the burglaries, backdated to January 10th.
He imposed a two-and-half-year consecutive sentence for each of two further counts of burglary but suspended these for two-and-a-half years.
A number of other matters were taken into account.
The judge said he had no desire to see Mr Tarmey in court again but that was the accused man’s choice.