A Tallaght teenager who has accumulated 98 convictions in a short criminal career has been given a four-year sentence for burglaries in Kildare and south Dublin in 2007.
Thomas Stokes (aged 18) is currently serving a four-year sentence with one-year suspended imposed at Waterford Circuit Court in October 2007 for burglary and endangerment and is due for release in January 2010.
Stokes, of Swiftbrook Park, pleaded guilty to burglary and unlawfully taking a car at Alymer Park, Naas on March 25, 2007; also burglary at Anne Kellys Auctioneers, Main Street, Shankill and criminal damage at Kavanagh's Dentist Surgery, Shankill both on March 26, 2007.
Judge Patricia Ryan noted that Stokes, who entered an early guilty plea and has made efforts to address his drug addiction in custody, will serve three years in custody before his release date in 2010 which she said was a "a long time for some one of his age."
She imposed a four-year sentence with one-year suspended which she backdated to October 2007 and increased post release supervision by The Probation Service to two years.
Garda Noel McKenna told Mr Noel Devitt BL, prosecuting, that when he responded to a report of a burglary in Shankill he noticed the sensor light and window of the dentists were damaged. Stokes was discovered lying on the flat roof of the building and was arrested after a short chase.
Gda McKenna said Stokes had entered the house in Naas "by stealth" and the owner of the house was unaware until the next morning that there had been a break in. The car and keys were recovered and returned undamaged.
He said the owners of Anne Kelly's Auctioneers received a call from an employee to say there had been a break in. The skylight was broken and petty cash had been taken.
Gda McKenna said Stokes had 98 previous convictions dating back to 2004 and was currently serving a four year sentence imposed at Waterford Circuit in October 2007 for burglary and endangerment.