MAN TOLD TO COME OFF CANNABIS TO AVOID A CUS­TO­DIAL SEN­TENCE

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - PICTURES -

A MAN who re­peat­edly stole from sites as­so­ci­ated with con­struc­tion of the En­nis­cor­thy M11 by­pass has been told to give up cannabis.

The ad­dress of Robert Stead­man was given var­i­ously in court doc­u­ments as New­bridge in Camolin and Cool­roe, Cool­boy, Ti­na­hely. How­ever, the 34-year-old told the District Court sit­ting at Gorey last Thurs­day that he was now res­i­dent in Wex­ford town.

He pleaded guilty to a cat­a­logue of of­fences, in­clud­ing counts of han­dling stolen prop­erty, theft and driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance.

The judge heard that eleven gates stolen from lo­ca­tions in Camolin, Mon­ageer and En­nis­cor­thy – mostly as­so­ci­ated with the by­pass – were re­cov­ered dur­ing a search of Stead­man’s prop­erty in 2017.

He also ad­mit­ted steal­ing four bat­ter­ies and four mir­rors from an M11 site in Ferns in April. The to­tal value of prop­erty taken came to €1,200.

He fur­ther ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for han­dling 57 kerbs stolen from the mo­tor­way works which turned up at his home in New­bridge in May.

The same man was driv­ing a Mercedes which col­lided with an­other ve­hi­cle in March of 2016, when he proved to be over the limit for al­co­hol.

He was driv­ing a Volk­swa­gen van on three other oc­ca­sions, when he was in­ter­cepted with­out in­sur­ance.

Solic­i­tor Tom Ho­nan told the court that his client was mak­ing head­way in deal­ing with a heroin ad­dic­tion.

Stead­man was de­scribed as a fa­ther of two who mar­ried last year and had fam­ily mem­bers in court to sup­port him.

Mr Ho­nan reck­oned that his client was on the way to re­cov­ery but, af­ter read­ing a pro­ba­tion re­port, Judge Ger­ard Haughton was not en­tirely con­vinced.

Stead­man was told to come off cannabis un­der med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion if he wants to have any chance of a jail sen­tence be­ing sus­pended.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to Jan­uary.

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