Wife of convicted burglar 'raging', promises to 'straighten him out'
A masked burglar tore a house alarm off a wall, forced open the front door and ransacked the victim's bedroom before making off with a watch and cash.
John Wall (20) was wearing a balaclava and gloves when he was caught red-handed by gardai, who were patrolling the Clonsilla area as part of Operation Thor.
Wall was one of the first suspects to come before the courts last November as part of the initiative by gardai to tackle burglars, organised crime gangs and prolific offenders.
Judge David McHugh handed Wall a four-month prison sentence.
The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to burglary and possess- ion of articles for use in a theft at Charnwood Grove, Clonsilla, last November 9.
Gda Peter Bernard said Wall forced open the front door of the house and disabled the intruder alarm.
He said the master bedroom was ransacked and a watch worth €1,100 as well as $350 and £80 in cash were stolen.
The court previously heard that another individual acted as a lookout, and Gda Bernard claimed the burglary was "an organised act, not opportunistic".
He added that Wall fled through gardens and tried to hide behind a garden shed before he was arrested.
The court heard that Wall, of Fortunestown Crescent, Tallaght, has no previous convictions.
Barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said Wall had only got married last month and his new wife is "raging" over his behaviour.
Mr MacLoughlin told the court that Mrs Wall has said she will "straighten him out" and he will "never come before the courts again".
He said Wall, who is working as a gardener, wished to apologise for his behaviour, and accepted it was "an appalling act".
Mr MacLoughlin also said the defendant is no longer drinking, having given up alcohol when he met his wife.
Imposing the four-month sentence, Judge McHugh described the act as "outright thuggery" and refused to suspend any part of it.