Four months jail for his part in Brogan’s bar break-in

Brogans bar ennis
Brogan's Bar, Ennis, Co.Clare

A MAN has received a four-month prison sentence for his part in a break in at a pub in Ennis town centre last year.
Vladimir Cervenak (25) was one of three people that entered Brogan’s Bar, O’Connell Street, in the early hours of May 28 (2012).
Entry was gained by forcing open a door at the rear of the premises. Alcohol worth €545 and cash totaling €500 was taken during the break-in.
Mr Cervenak, with an address 3 Ardlee Close, Limerick Road Ennis, appeared before Ennis District Court on Tuesday, charged in connection with the incident.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of entering Brogan’s as a trespasser and committing theft therein.
Inspector John Galvin said the three men had been apprehended after gardaí viewed CCTV footage of the area.
He said the back door of Brogans was broken and forced open. Mr Cervenak has no previous convictions, the court heard.
Defence solicitor Tara Godfrey told the court that her client is a Slovakian national who has lived with his extended family in Ireland for seven years.
She said Mr Cervenak had been drinking on the day of the break-in and his memory of it is “hazy.”
Ms Godfrey said her client no longer associates with the other men involved. She said he now refers to one of them as “Judas”.
Ms Godfrey said, “It was a terrible mistake to have gone in the company of these two men to that place.”
She told the court that her client is at a low risk of re-offending and apologises for his behaviour.
Judge Patrick Durcan remarked that Mr Cervenak appears to have been the “doubting Thomas” in the whole episode.
He said, “It is a most serious charge, he was acting in consort with two other people.”
“This is an attack on the whole commercial dynamic and ethos of small West of Ireland towns.”
Judge Durcan said such offences can have a “huge impact” on everyone working in the premises.
He continued, “The court must record its abhorrence at this type of offence.”
Noting the accused’s good record and guilty plea, Judge Durcan imposed a four month prison sentence. Recognances were fixed in the event of an appeal.


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