A Templemore man who went on a crime spree in the greater Thurles area, was sentenced to two terms of imprisonment at Thurles District Court.
Sgt. Andrew Lyons told Judge Elizabeth MacGrath that John Donoghue, of 18 Park View, Templemore, burgled a premises in the Main Street of Templemore, on a date unknown between June 12, 2015, and and June 15, 2016. Mr Donoghue, who is currently serving a prison sentence, “ransacked” the building which was unoccupied at the time. Donoghue went through rooms upstairs and downstairs in the building, and placed a number of items in boxes, but left without these. Solicitor Mr Patrick Cadell explained that the building is used by an Auctioneers office, but has no residents. “It was the old Convent years ago,” said Mr Cadell. “He made full admissions. He was intoxicated at the time.” Donoghue was charged with entering the building as a trespasser to commit an arrestable offence.
On October 21st, 2015, Donoghue entered the Centra in Church Street, Templemore. Donoghue placed €40 worth of cosmetics and toiletries in a bag, and left without paying. The property, belonging to Liam O’Carroll, was later recovered, and Donoghue made admissions, said Sgt. Lyons.
On October 12th, 2017, Donoghue entered the Re-Store in Kickham Street, Thurles, and left without paying for €39.14 worth of goods.
On October 21st, 2017, Donoghue entered Ahearn’s Filling Station in the Abbey Road, Thurles, and took petrol valued at €37.52, the property of Liam Ahearne. Donoghue was identified in these incidents using CCTV.
On November 6th, 2017, Donoghue was aboard a train coming into the Railway Station in Templemore. Donoghue snatched a purse from a lady as he exited the train. The Ted Baker purse, belonging to Diane McAuliffe, was valued at €70, and had €25 in cash inside. He was later identified using CCTV, and assisted Gardaí in recovering the property.
Mr Cadell said his client was a drug addict, and is trying to deal with his addiction while in prison. Donoghue is a “relatively young man” and hopes to see the light at the end of the tunnel in relation to serving his current sentence. “He says he wants to turn his life around,” said Mr Cadell. Donoghue is serving a 9-month sentence with a release date of September 17, 2018.
Judge MacGrath imposed a 4-month prison sentence for the Centra robbery, and 6 months imprisonment for the Railway Station offence, to run consecutively. The last two months of the 6-month sentence was suspended for two years on condition that Donoghue enter into a Sec. 99 bond of €250 and engage with Probation Services.
Judge MacGrath took the other matters into account, and told Donoghue that when he comes out of prison he will still be able to avail of the Probation Services for a period of 2 years.