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16/09/2021

"You're 26 and you have 29 previous convictions - that's an average of one for every year of your life. That's appalling. - judge

Judge Desmond Zaidan
Above: Judge Desmond Zaidan. A Milltown man with a string of convictions escaped a three-month jail sentence today after a judge gave him a final chance. Niall Casey (26) of  Fen View Heights, Milltown, Co Kildare received 240 hours of community service for three public order offences committed on the Athgarvan Road in Newbridge in April. Naas District Court heard that Mr Casey had 29 previous convictions. Judge Zaidan said: "You're 26 and you have 29 previous convictions - that's an average of one for every year of your life." He added: "That's appalling. Maybe if I send you to prison, that will teach you a lesson." The court heard that Mr Casey had left school early but had worked part-time in construction jobs. Judge Zaidan said: "Garda time and resources is wasted in dealing with people like you when they could be investigating more serious crime. "When you take alcohol, you should drink responsibly." Casey was sentenced to 240 hours of community service in lieu of a three month jail sentence. Judge Zaidan added: "If you come back before me, there will be no more sympathy. You have got so many chances."

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