Bread van thief tells judge case will end his career

A bread van thief rose up against his sentencing judge and told him he was appealing a previous sentence for another crime and that it would bring the judge’s career to an end.

Bread van thief tells judge case will end his career

John O’Driscoll, aged 28, of no fixed address, was previously sentenced to 12 years by the judge for endangering the life of a garda.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed 18 months on O’Driscoll, to run concurrently with the 12 years he is already serving.

O’Driscoll asked afterwards if he could address the court. The judge told him to go ahead.

“Can I explain something to you? You sentenced me to 12 years. Dublin is going to overturn it. You won’t be on the bench much longer,” O’Driscoll said.

Raising his voice as he departed to the holding cell at Cork Circuit Criminal Court, he shouted: “The 12 years is going to be done.”

O’Driscoll had some form for making his feelings known to Judge Ó Donnabháin.

Last May, within moments of his apologies to a garda for knocking him down and to the people of Cork for an escapade of manic driving, he stood calmly in the dock and told the judge to “fuck off”, thereby adding two years to what would have been a 10-year sentence. He had been banned from driving for life.

In yesterday’s case, a bread van was stolen while the driver was making a delivery in Cork city centre and it was later crashed a few kilometres away.

Sergeant James McSweeney said the driver was making a delivery of bread at a premises on St Patrick’s St, Cork City, after 3am on March 15.

Sgt McSweeney said the owner left the keys in the van when he went in to the fast food outlet.

O’Driscoll, originally from Fairhill, jumped into the bread van and drove away to Douglas and later crashed it into a wall at Skehard Rd.

Katherine McGillycuddy, defending, said O’Driscoll was drunk at the time of the crime. She later apologised for the defendant’s outburst.

Judge Ó Donnabháin laughed and said there was no need for her to apologise and that the defendant was the only one who could control himself.

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