A drug addict who was caught by gardaí after he took a photograph of himself on a phone which he then left behind in the house he had just burgled has been sentenced to seven years with the final three suspended.
Judge Patrick McCartan said Jason Glennon (aged 34) "cannot be too far behind taking the title of Ireland’s stupidest criminal", referring to how another robber was recently described by another judge.
Glennon had earlier stolen a rucksack and a pink Nokia phone from an unlocked car in the Blanchardstown area, a day after been released from prison for a similar offence.
He then broke into a nearby house where the owner woke up to find him in the bedroom. The man chased Glennon out of the house and the burglar threw a PlayStation at him as he was running away.
He had dropped the rucksack and phone in his haste to getaway and was arrested the following month after his photograph was found on the phone.
Garda Laura Kelly confirmed to Judge McCartan that Glennon had taken the photograph of himself on the phone.
Glennon of Whitestown Avenue, Mulhuddart, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three burglaries in the Blanchardstown area on June 26, 2010. He had 82 previous convictions including convictions for burglary, robbery and handling stolen property.
A report from the Probation Services said Glennon is at a high risk of reoffending.
Judge McCartan described Glennon as a “menace as long as he is in the community and using drugs”.
“It is my duty to protect the community and the only blunt implement I can use for this purpose is Mountjoy Prison,” Judge McCartan said.
Gda Kelly agreed with Ms Rosemarie Alymer BL, defending, that Glennon was a drug addict and that he told gardaí he was stealing to get money to feed his addiction.
Ms Aylmer told Judge McCartan that her client was “very anxious” to rehabilitate having been a chronic drug addict since he was 14 and having developed a heroin dependency when he turned 19.
Judge McCartan imposed a sentence of seven years. He suspended the last three years on condition that Glennon goes from custody into a residential treatment course for addiction after his release.