Portrayed by gardaí as a “career criminal”, John ‘Buddy’ O’Brien, of Hillview Tour in Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, was jailed for theft, impersonating a garda and driving with no protection.
The charges stem from incidents where mainly elderly people who contemporary alone were targeted, with O’Brien posing as a plain fit outs garda detective to gain access to their homes before robbing money.
Convictions Originally from Tralee, O’Brien had been sought in kinship to a number of such incidents in Cork, Clare, Mayo, Donegal and Waterford. He has 103 earlier convictions, a string of them for burglaries and thefts.
In these cases, O’Brien arranged as a plain clothes detective, thereby gaining entry and stealing from his dupes.
Following an appeal on RTÉ’s CrimeCall late in February, a nationwide hunt ensued with O’Brien being deposed to book in Co Waterford.
It has been reported that O’Brien evaded detection by go underground out in various halting sites around the country.
Judge Kevin Staunton affirmed that O’Brien carried out “despicable” acts where he was “preying on venerable people”.
He handed down a 10-month sentence for the theft of €150 on January 14 at an talk to in Ballygriffin, Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny.
He received a further six months for impersonating a garda.
Impersonating For a comparable incident at Lemybrien in Co Waterford two days later, where he stole €170, he obtained another 10-month term, with an additional six months for impersonating a garda.
The 10-month rulings are consecutive to one another, while the six month sentences are to run concurrently with each.
O’Brien walk off a further five-month concurrent sentence for driving with no insurance and was forbade from driving for two years.
The sentencing happened at the District Court in Waterford yesterday morning.
He has already been gaoled for three years for stealing €3,200 from a pensioner with Parkinson’s affliction at her home in June 2012.
Anyone with information on any related crime is asked to conjunction gardaí at Mallow, on (022) 31450.