November 26, 2013

A young man broke into the home of a blind pensioner and robbed him of his supply of cigarettes.

Chris Doran broke into the home of Tom Devenney.

Chris Doran broke into the home of Tom Devenney.

Chris Doran was part of a two man gang who broke into the home of 74 year old Tom Devenney at Errity, Manorcunningham.

The searched the house and escaped with a carton of 200 Mayfair cigarettes worth just €80.

Blind pensioner Tom was awoken by the gang but thought initially it was birds on his roof.

However he then heard voices and called for the men to leave.

The frightened OAP called his nephew James Devenney and the pair were spotted on CCTV which the pensioner had around his house.

Doran, now 19, of 10 Orchard Close, Manorcunningham, admitted robbing the pensioner whom he had known from the area on June 30th, 2012.

The accused man’s father Sean later called to the Gardai and gave in €85 as compensation for his son’s theft.

Solicitor Gordon Curley said the manner in which the crime was committed was disturbing but was an isolated incident.

He said his client, who was 17 at the time, had not been in trouble before or after the incident but was high on a cocktail of drink and drugs.

“He comes from a good and supportive family but has behavioral issues and is easily led,” he said.

The court heard the man he was with during the raid is currently in psychiatric care

Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case for the preparation of a probation report and possibly a community service report.