Eanna Heavey, aged 27 , of 24, Deerpark Manor in Virginia, Co Cavan, had been on the island off the West Cork coast as part of a third-level programme. Mr Heavey, a student in Dublin, entered two premises on the island on two dates after going on what his solicitor described as “a bender” that he hugely regrets.
Skibbereen District Court heard that on May 3 last at 4.30am he entered a property in which the householder, was sitting in her front room. Supt Ger O’Mahony, prosecuting, said she heard a noise and shouted to ask who was there, with the court told the woman felt afraid.
Mr Heavey, who the woman knew, had climbed in the kitchen window and then walked into the sitting room. The court heard he was intoxicated, asked if another person could come in, and when this was refused he apologised and left, taking a bottle of beer.
Then on May 8, again sometime after 4am, he broke a window on a holiday home on the island. Another person was with him, and the court heard that Mr Heavey rummaged around the premises and stole bottles of alcohol, including whiskey, beer, vodka and wine.
Gardaí were made aware of the incidents that Sunday. When Mr Heavey arrived in Baltimore by ferry the next day he was arrested on suspicion of committing burglaries. Judge James McNulty was told he made full admissions and was very co-operative. The judge was given a report from the Rutland Centre in Dublin, where Mr Heavey has been receiving treatment for alcohol addiction.
Judge McNulty was also provided with a report from a consultant forensic psychiatrist and on reading it noted several mitigating circumstances, adding that the court was sympathetic to him given its contents.
The judge said he accepted the incidents on Sherkin were “out of character” and that the man had no previous convictions and said Mr Heavey was “entitled to one lucky break”. He dealt with the matter by conditional discharge of Mr Heavey, claiming it was “exceptional circumstances” and said he had to enter a bond not to re-offend for three years.