Judge's warning for 'career criminal'
A "career criminal" and his accomplice who committed a spate of burglaries have walked free from court after a judge suspended their six-month prison terms.
Although District Judge King set Dublin men Craig McCarthy (28) and his accomplice Karl Freeman (22) free, he warned them that if they came north of the border to commit crime again they would go to jail "for an extended period".
The pair, both from Ross Field Park, Dublin, had earlier pleaded guilty to breaking into three houses in Bessbrook, Co Armagh, on December 30 last year, attempting to steal items from two properties and stealing a quantity of foreign currency, worth £70, from a third.
McCarthy also admitted driving a car without insurance and while unfit after the police stopped the car in Newtownhamilton, Co Armagh.
A solicitor told the court the burglaries were fuelled by a need to feed the pair's drug habits.
Imposing the suspended jail terms, and disqualifying McCarthy from driving for two years, District Judge King said McCarthy was a "career criminal" whose arrest was "an occupational hazard". He told Freeman that, although he had a lesser record, he was younger and had time to catch up on his accomplice.