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"One man crime wave" burgled homes every time he was released on bail

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A “one man crime wave” who broke into houses every time he was released on station bail has been sentenced to five and a half years.

Eoin Daly (29) carried out house burglaries at a wide range of locations across the suburbs of Dublin between July and September 2013.

James Dwyer BL, defending Daly, described him as a “one man crime wave”.

On hearing of the fourth occasion that Daly was granted bail after his arrest Judge Mary Ellen Ring wondered if the details of his break-ins were being recorded on the Garda’s Pulse computer system.

Today the judge noted that Daly was granted bail “over and over again.”

“By the third or fourth or certainly the fifth time, one would have thought there were some grounds for gardaí to have him remanded in custody,” the judge said.

Judge Ring had previously granted bail to Daly herself after hearing evidence of the burglaries so he could attend a drug treatment centre.

However in March Daly told the court he had hit a roadblock in his recovery and asked to be put back in custody.

At the time Judge Ring praised him for his honesty, telling him “it takes a brave man to admit he's in trouble.”

Before sentencing she said Daly had spent his twenties destroying his life with drugs and that he if he doesn't change his ways, he will spend his thirties in court and in prison.

She imposed a five and a half year term in consecutive sentences and suspended the final 18 months on condition Daly cooperates with thee Probation Service on his release.

Daly of Forrest Lawns, Kingswood, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five counts of burglary and one of trespass and attempted theft at houses in Baldoyle, Clondalkin, Malahide, Castleknock and Howth in Dublin and in Leixlip in Kildare.

Garda Stephen Maloney told Marie Torrens BL, prosecuting, that Daly was arrested for the fifth time on September 14, 2013 after he broke into and ransacked a house at Dublin Road, Malahide, north Dublin.

He has 30 previous convictions including burglary, robbery, possession of a firearm and threatening to kill.

Gda Maloney said Daly was arrested on July 26, 2013 after a burglary at Woodford Court, Clondalkin. He was carrying a plastic bag containing a stolen safe and three mobile phones. The safe was empty.

Daly had smashed the glass in a sliding door to get into the house. He was charged and granted bail.

Three days later Daly and another man abandoned an attempted burglary when a 9-year-old girl who was in the house saw the men at the back door and raised the alarm and adults arrived at the house.

Daly was arrested near the scene in Admiral Park, Baldoyle and granted bail after admitting his role in the attempted burglary to gardaí.

On August 18 Daly smashed the window of a house at River Forest, Leixlip and stole a large amount of jewellery. He was arrested and released on bail.

Two days later he was arrested again after a break-in at a house at Castleknock Avenue. He told the arresting garda that he checked the house was empty first by knocking on the door. He said he wasn’t deterred by the house alarm going off.

Daly was charged and again bailed. On August 25 he was arrested on a city bound train at Howth Dart Station by gardaí investigating the burglary of a house on Howth Road.

The court heard Daly had helped to direct the owner of the house out of the driveway and broke into the house when she had driven off.

Daly told gardaí on this occasion he had come out to Howth with the intention of “robbing stuff to feed my addiction”. He was charged and again released on bail and committed the final offence in Malahide the following month.

After one of the burglaries Daly told gardaí that he did it because he had two children, one of which was starting school.

Mr Dwyer said his client was in the throes of a chronic heroin addiction at the time which turned him into a "one man crime wave".

Counsel said he is trying to address his addiction and has the potential to rehabilitate if given a chance.