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Sex offender was committing burglaries while on bail

Sex offender was committing burglaries while on bail

A convicted sex offender committed a string of burglaries after being released on bail three times.

Joseph Doyle (35) has 95 previous convictions including 19 burglaries, five robberies and one assault. In July 2010 he was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to ambushing a foreign national on the street and sexually assaulting her.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Doyle of Haven House, Dublin pleaded guilty to five burglaries committed in Dublin City centre between June 1, 2014 and January 15, 2016.

Judge Melanie Greally suspended the last 18 months of a four a half year sentence on condition that Doyle takes part in victim focused, relapse prevention and anger management programmes with the Probation Services.

She noted that drug addiction had been a significant driver in Doyle's offending. She said he had some history of violence but did not respond in a violent manner when confronted during any of these burglaries.

Doyle was arrested on June 1, 2014 while breaking into a house on Camden Street, Dublin. He made no admissions and was released on bail after being charged with burglary.

Five months later he broke into a house on Dublin's South Circular Road. A woman who was at home at the time jumped out onto the ledge of her bedroom window when she heard the intruder.

She telephoned gardaí from there. When they arrived they found Doyle had placed laptops, speakers and jewellery into a bag. He was again charged and released.

In July 2015 Doyle was arrested again after being identified on CCTV breaking into the zoology department of Trinity College Dublin. He was charged with this and burglary of an apartment building on Grantham Street, Dublin.

Doyle appeared at Dublin District Court where the judge released him on bail despite garda objections. The following January Doyle broke into a residence on Dublin's Morning Star Avenue and stole a glass jar filled with €200 in coins.

He was again identified by gardaí from CCTV footage and arrested shortly after this burglary. When stopped he had pockets full of coins but he denied that they had come from the burglary.

He later told gardaí that the jar was only filled with buttons. Doyle was remanded in custody and applied to the High Court for bail but was refused.

In July 2010 the Circuit Court heard that a woman was walking home at night when she saw Doyle, formerly of of Kippure Park, Finglas walking towards her. As they passed Doyle turned around, touched her bottom and said she was beautiful.

He then grabbed her, pushed her against the wall, demanded oral sex and a kiss. He then punched her repeatedly in the head when she refused. She managed to push him back and scream for help but he started hitting her harder.

Eoin Hardiman BL, defending, said the homeless father of one wanted to get out of a cycle of drug addiction and criminality.