A MAN was sentenced to six months in prison for burglary and criminal damage at Carlow District Court last week. Rafal Brzana of Ferrybank Apartments, Graiguecullen pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, criminal damage and failing to appear at a sitting of the local district court.
A book of evidence was also served on the defendant in relation to an assault causing harm charge and he will appear before a sitting of Carlow Circuit Court.
In relation to the criminal damage charges, Sergeant Hud Kelly outlined that on 13 March 2020 the defendant and two other males attempted to forced entry into a locked building on John Steet, breaking a lock. “They had no business in the house,” said Sgt Kelly.
On 13 April 2020, Mr Brzana broke into a house on Maryborough Street, Carlow with two others. The men returned the following day and again broke into the house, lighting a fire inside the home.
The defendant also pleaded guilty to failing to appear at a sitting of Carlow District Court on 9 July 2020.
Mr Brzana had 34 previous convictions, which included road traffic, drugs, burglary and assault offences.
“It does not make for a good picture,” said solicitor John O’Sullivan. “Mr Brzana had a chronic alcohol problem. I would request a probation report be prepared to give an overall picture.”
Judge Geraldine Carthy said she did not believe a probation report was needed. Mr O’Sullivan replied that his client’s health was grave and it would provide a proper medical background on his client. “His heart has a very small function,” he said.
Judge Carthy proceeded to sentencing, imposing a six-month term on the criminal damage charge and a six-month concurrent sentence for burglary. A suspended five-month sentence was imposed for the failing to appear charge.
Recognisances were fixed in the event of an appeal, which included a €300 cash lodgement and that the defendant resides at Ferrybank Apartments.
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