Community service for ‘silly’ burglar

A man who committed a “silly” burglary has been ordered to complete 200 hours community service.

Edward Victor Allen, of Duddy’s Court, pleaded guilty to the burglary of a public house with intent to steal on January 13.

The charge relates to an incident at the Three Mile House, Drumahoe.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the door to the bar was lying open and the 30-year-old decided to walk in to see what he could find.

It was revealed nothing was stolen during the burglary, however a TV had been moved.

The court was told Allen has a “bad record”.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin told the court; “If the Chuckle Brothers did burglaries, this is the type of burglary they would do”.

He told the court his client lifted a TV during the incident, but realised it was too heavy and put it down again.

Mr Devlin said it was an “opportunistic” offences and Allen was very drunk when it was committed.

He urged the court not to impose a custodial sentence in light of the “silly nature” of the burglary.

Imposing community service, District Judge Barney McElholm warned the defendant he would be brought back to court if the order was not completed and “sent to prison”.