A homeless man, who has been living under an archway in Killarney, has pleaded guilty to burglary and carrying out criminal damage.
Timothy Ward of no fixed abode was sentenced at Killarney District Court to seven months for two charges of burglary and five months for criminal damage.
Both sentences are running concurrently from last Saturday when he was arrested and charged at Mallow District Court.
At Killarney District Court on Monday, Judge David Waters heard that 35-year-old Timothy Ward entered two unoccupied premises on the Muckross Road in Killarney, a hotel and a B&B.
He forced his way into the hotel on Tuesday, February 16th; property was taken and CCTV cameras were damaged.
In the early hours of last Friday, February 19th, he entered into the B&B; he was disturbed by the owner just before midday.
Mr Ward fled the scene and was later arrested. He was found in possession of a small quantity of jewellery that was taken from the premises.
Also last Friday, he was charged with criminal damage after going into a garage on the Upper Park Road, he entered a number of vehicles and drove one car, damaging a barrier in the process.
Timothy Ward’s solicitor Pádraig O’Connell said his client, who has a problem with alcohol, had been living under an archway in Beech Road, Killarney. He said Mr Ward’s homelessness combined with his resumption of drinking had led him to carry out the offences.
Mr O’Connell said no injury had been caused to any person or party, and Mr Ward had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity thereby saving the State a lot of work, expense, and court dates.
He said Mr Ward accepted the sentence and would not be appealing the judge’s order.