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21/09/2021

Derry man who burgled the homes of two local pensioners is jailed for eight months

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A judge at Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh has said that burglaries, especially on the elderly, will 'not be tolerated'. District Judge Barney McElholm was speaking as he jailed a local man for his part in two burglaries. Ethan Irvine (20) of Carnhill in Derry admitted two burglaries in Nicholson Square and Duncreggan Road in Derry on February 27 this year. The court heard the residents of a house in Duncreggan Road reported to police that they had been burgled. They said they had arrived home and found that entry had been gained by smashing a rear kitchen window. The kitchen door was locked so the burglars could not gain entry to the rest of the house and nothing was taken. CCTV was checked and three makes were seen in the area and approaching the house and Irvine was identified. On the same date elderly residents in a house in Nicholson Square reported a burglary after a back gates was smashed and then a window in a door. A number of items were taken including two flat screen TVs and a hair dryer. Judge McElholm said the victims in these cases were all in their 70s and 'just wanted peace', and jailed Irvine for eight months

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