4 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

SENTENCING was adjourned at last week’s sitting of Monaghan District court in the case of a local teenager who went on what was described as a “rampage” of crime that included the theft of two vehicles as well as serious damage to another vehicle and to a shop window that was smashed.

Nineteen-year-old Dermot O’Leary was described by Judge Denis McLoughlin as being “totally out of control” during the incidents over a two-week period in May and June of this year — during which time he had been on the drink and had no fixed abode, according to his solicitor.

O’Leary, whose address was given as Ashleigh House, 37 Dublin Street, Monaghan on most of the summonses, had been in custody since 28th June last after opting not to take up High Court bail that had been granted to him.

It was accepted by Judge McLoughlin that any sentence would have to be backdated to that date, and in adjourning the matters until 7th March, advised Mr O’Leary that it was now up to him to prove he could stay out of trouble while out of prison.

A number of charges involving an incident in which the defendant was accused of assaulting two people were also adjourned until that date, after Garda Inspector Seamus Boyle advised the court that a more serious charge of assault causing harm might be proffered, depending on a medical report in relation to the injured parties.


Mr O’Leary pleaded guilty to taking a motor vehicle without authority to do so at Dr McKenna Terrace, Monaghan on Tuesday 26th May 2015, and he also admitted that he caused criminal damage to a car belonging to a Mr Desmond Callery at Old Cross Square, Monaghan a week earlier, on 19th May.

The defendant accepted that he was intoxicated and threatening a breach of the peace at The Diamond, Monaghan on 19th May last, had caused criminal damage by breaking a window at Sean Dolan’s pharmacy, 91 Glaslough Street, Monaghan on 21st May, was drunk and engaged in threatening behaviour at Dublin Street, Monaghan on 30th May, and that he took a vehicle without authorisation at Dublin Street on 2nd June.

His solicitor, Roisin Courtney, had explained to the court that her client wished to finalise matters and enter a plea to all charges.

But Insp Boyle said a medical report was being awaited in relation to assault charges at the Diamond, Monaghan on 28th June, to determine whether a more serious charge of assault causing harm was going to be entered.

On that basis, allegations that O’Leary was involved in assaults on two people, had obstructed a garda, was intoxicated, and had threatened a breach of the peace at The Diamond, Monaghan, all on 28th June, were adjourned until 7th March.


Regarding the criminal damage to a car at Old Cross Square on 19th May, Insp Boyle said Mr O’Leary had been walking in the area at between 3am and 3.30am when, for no reason, he picked up an object and started banging it against an unoccupied vehicle. He had smashed the rear driver’s side window and the doorframe on the car before running off in the direction of Broad Road. The incident was captured on CCTV.

Prior to that, in the early hours of the morning on the same date, 19th May, a large group of young people had ….

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