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30/07/2021

Athy man begged judge to send him to jail

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Athy Man begged Judge to send him to jail

Athy court

A man who was before Athy District Court for burglary and trespass was sentenced to eight months in prison on Tuesday last, February 28, after he asked the judge to send him "back inside".

John Lawless, with an address listed as 28 Cyprian Ave, Rheban Manor, Athy, came to the attention of gardai on July 18, 2018, after he gained entry into the upstairs of Ann's Place in Leinster St, in an attempt to gain access to the premises below. The defendant pleaded guilty and told the court that had just come out of prision.

The court heard that the defendant was addicted to heroin and wishes to go back to prison to finish his drug treatment so he can kick the habit. “I'm only out a week and the help I was getting is great so I need to go back in and finish it,” he said.

Judge Desmond Zaidan asked if he was sure that he wanted to go back to jail and he replied that he was as he is "doing really well". He told Judge Zaidan that he needs another six months to finish his drug treatment.

“I think it is tragic that you can't get the help you need in the community,” Judge Zaidan said. He explained that if you go to a treatment centre on the outside you can just walk away but if you go while in jail you have to do it.

“This is it - my last chance to beat it,” the defendant said. “If I stay out I'll end up going back on it.”

The defendant has 33 previous convictions. He was sentenced to eight months.

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