Career criminal has sentencing for cash and gold theft postponed

Abraham Turner
Abraham Turner

A man previously convicted of manslaughter and serious drug offences has had his sentencing for stealing cash and gold postponed so he can get a place on a drug treatment program.

Abraham Turner (47), formerly of Cherry Grove, Walkinstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary of cash and gold at Hatton Goldsmiths, Citywest Shopping Centre,Dublin 24 on January 16, 2014.

Detective Garda Kevin Ryan told James Dwyer BL prosecuting that Hatton Goldsmiths operates a “cash for gold” stall in the shopping centre that was closed at the time of the burglary.

CCTV footage showed a man jumping over the stall counter, prying a locked press open with a screwdriver and removing €1050 in cash, gold worth €2156 and two cheques totalling €750.

After initially denying involvement, Turner later admitted the burglary and said that he used the proceeds to pay off a €1,500 drug debt that had arisen from his three bags a day heroin addiction.

Turner, who has 106 previous convictions, was released from prison in 1991 after serving five years for manslaughter. He was again imprisoned in 2004 for supply of drugs and was released in 2010.

Det Gda Ryan agreed with Marc Thompson BL, defending, that Turner had not been in trouble with the law from his release in 2010 until this incident, and that the majority of his previous convictions were District Court matters.

Mr Thompson told Judge Melanie Greally that Turner has been waiting to enter a residential drug treatment centre for six weeks. Lisa O'Neill of the Tiglin Centre testified that Turner was next on the list for a place at the centre and that authorities would be notified if he left the program.

Judge Greally adjourned the matter until December 16 2015.