List of of­fences re­sults in two years in prison

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

A STRING of charges rang­ing from ar­son to theft and road traf­fic of­fences re­sulted in a to­tal of two years in prison be­ing handed to a New Ross man at the District Court.

Bernard Sta­ple­ton with ad­dresses listed at Apart­ment 3 Pri­ory Street, Unit 3 46 South Street and Flat 2 South Street, faced a long litany of charges dat­ing from April of 2017 to Jan­uary of this year.

Ju­ris­dic­tion was re­fused on a charge of as­sault caus­ing harm at 27 For­est Park, Cour­town, on April 23 of last year. The case was ad­journed to Septem­ber 26 for the state to pre­pare a book of ev­i­dence.

Some of the more sig­nif­i­cant charges re­lated to the theft of a mo­tor­bike and ar­son at the Dun­brody carpark on Novem­ber 13, 2016. The court heard that on the night in ques­tion, Sta­ple­ton stole the bike and brought it to a shed where he at­tempted to hot-wire it. When he was un­suc­cess­ful, he brought it to the carpark where he set it ablaze.

He was also charged with the at­tempted theft of jewellery worth €1,500 from the lobby of the Tal­bot Ho­tel in Wex­ford. On the night in ques­tion, Sta­ple­ton booked into the ho­tel. In the early hours of the morn­ing, he placed a beer­mat over a se­cu­rity cam­era and broke into the jewellery cabinet. He was even­tu­ally dis­turbed by the night porter on duty.

On Au­gust 19, 2017, he was found in pos­ses­sion of a night-vi­sion te­le­scope and three screw­drivers while dressed all in dark cloth­ing with no ex­pla­na­tion, while on June 17 of last year he was charged with drink driv­ing, dan­ger­ous driv­ing and driv­ing with­out a li­cence and in­sur­ance at South Street, New Ross.

The court heard he had been stopped af­ter he drove the wrong way down a one-way street and sub­se­quently re­turned a breath read­ing of 64/100.

Apart from that he faced sev­eral counts of crim­i­nal dam­age, fur­ther theft charges re­lat­ing to a pair of sun­glasses and a bot­tle of Jame­son and pos­ses­sion of an 8 inch kitchen knife.

Judge Miriam Walsh im­posed a four-year driv­ing ban and a five-month prison sen­tence on the no in­sur­ance charge from June 17 of last year. This sen­tence was back dated to when Sta­ple­ton en­tered cus­tody on Jan­uary 24.

Judge Walsh then handed down a num­ber of other cus­to­dial sen­tences, all to run con­sec­u­tively.

Sta­ple­ton re­ceived three months each for crim­i­nal dam­age on Oc­to­ber 22 and Au­gust 19.

For pos­sess­ing the night-vi­sion gog­gles and screw­drivers, he was given a fur­ther three months along with an­other three months on a crim­i­nal dam­age charge from Novem­ber 13.

On the dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge from June 17 of last year he re­ceived a two-year driv­ing ban and a two-month prison term along with a fur­ther twoyear ban and a fur­ther month in prison for drink driv­ing on the same date.

He also re­ceived a fur­ther one-year ban and three months in prison for the unau­tho­rised tak­ing of the mo­tor­cy­cle on Novem­ber 13, 2016.

Other charges, in­clud­ing the theft from the Tal­bot Ho­tel, were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, but in to­tal Sta­ple­ton re­ceived 24 months in prison, back dated to when he first en­tered cus­tody in Jan­uary.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.