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Traces left Burglar who left bottle and sock with his DNA at scene jailed for three and a half years

William Nolan (31) also left DNA in a sock that was found beside the house, which he had taken from the victim's home to cover his hand so as not to leave fingerprints at the scene.


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A BURGLAR who was caught after his DNA was found on an empty bottle he left behind has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

William Nolan (31) also left DNA in a sock that was found beside the house, which he had taken from the victim's home to cover his hand so as not to leave fingerprints at the scene.

Nolan stole jewellery and a BMW from the homeowners.

He later told gardaí he sold them for about €300 or €400 to get money for drugs.

The court heard the burglary was one of a "tsunami of offences" Nolan carried out at the time while he was addicted to tablets.

Nolan, of Kiltalown Path, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years in April 2020 by Judge Pauline Codd.

He had pleaded guilty to burglary, criminal damage and endangerment at various locations in Tallaght on May 4, 2019.

He also pleaded guilty to burglary at Allied Foods, Tallaght, on March 29, 2019. He is due for release in 2025 on these charges.

Yesterday Nolan was sentenced on a separate offence after he pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal to burglary of a house in Ranelagh and theft of the homeowner's car on May 1, 2019.

He has 148 previous convictions.

Judge Elma Sheahan sentenced him to five years with the final 18 months suspended.

She commended Detective-Garda Derek McGrath for "the fairness in which he presented the evidence in the case" after he told the court Nolan genuinely had no recollection of the burglary because of his level of intoxication.

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Judge Sheahan accepted that Nolan's remorse is genuine and he wishes to rehabilitate and "turn things around for himself and his family".

She said the court accepted Nolan should be encouraged to deal with his addiction and suspended the final 18 months of the five-year term on the condition that he engage with the Probation Service for two years and undergo any courses recommended to him.

Det Gda McGrath said when questioned by gardaí in August 2020, Nolan genuinely had no recollection of the burglary, but admitted he had been committing burglaries in that area at the time.

He also admitted he usually would take a sock from the house to cover his hand so as not to leave behind fingerprints.

Det-Gda McGrath told Pieter Le Vert BL, prosecuting, that the homeowners were not there at the time and came home to find their house ransacked, jewellery taken and the car missing.

The man noticed an empty bottle was sitting on the bed in the couple's bedroom and later found his wife's sock in a lane near the house, both of which he handed over to gardaí.

Det-Gda McGrath said it took more than a year for the results in relation to the DNA to come back to him, which was why there was a delay in the prosecution of the case.

He said Nolan told him in interview that he was abusing tablets at the time, he had been buying on the street and it had been the worst point in his life.

Det-Gda McGrath agreed with a suggestion from Mr Le Vert that the addiction had "a devastating effect on him physically and mentally, in that he lost his family and freedom and anything else important to him".

"It was a sad situation," the detective said before he accepted there was "no violence in his nature" when Nolan was off tablets.

"He wanted to help us with his enquires," Det-Gda McGrath said.

Sarah-Jane O'Callaghan BL, defending, told Judge Sheahan her client is "willing to put his hands up and admit that he has made shocking decisions".

She said a letter from him "speaks to the fact that he has made these choices and he cannot blame anyone" before counsel outlined that he had a difficult background.

Nolan's mother left the family because of the level of violence in the home and Nolan "then bore the brunt of all that violence from his father", Ms O'Callaghan said.

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