Prison sentence for burglaries

a 26-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for burglaries of a local pharmacy at Kilkenny District Court last week.

a 26-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for burglaries of a local pharmacy at Kilkenny District Court last week.

Stephen Clifford of 4 Emmet Street, Kilkenny entered a guilty plea to all of the charges.

Regarding two burglaries at Mahony’s Pharmacy, High Street, Kilkenny on October 17, 2010 and November 2, 2010, the court heard that the defendant had removed a large quantity of Zimovane tablets, and that he later admitted to both offences when questioned by a garda.

He was also charged with a burglary at 3, New Row, New Building Lane, Kilkenny on April 7, 2011, and the court heard that the defendant had kicked in the door of an unoccupied apartment to use it as a drinking venue with friends.

His solicitor, Michael Lanigan, told the court: “It is very obvious in relation to the pharmacy (offences) that the object was to get hold of narcotics.”

At the time he committed these offences, Mr Clifford had a long-standing drug addiction problem, Mr Lanigan said.

Clifford is is currently serving a sentence that is due to end in February 2013, and upon his release, he is due to go to a residential programme for approximately a year, the court heard.

“He is drug-free and substitute-free and he has been off methodone for many months,” and has been attending addiciton counselling, Mr Lanigan said. “In prison, he is working to address education deficits and has shown aptitude in getting involved vocationally in the area of cooking,” he said.

Judge John Lindsay imposed a six-month sentence beginning that day.