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A man who pleaded guilty to charges aris­ing from when he in­ter­fered with parked cars at the lo­cal sort­ing of­fice, is to ap­peal against a one-month sen­tence im­posed by the court.

Shaun Mackin, also known as Sean Macken, aged 22, of 8 Pa­trick Tier­ney Cres­cent, Cox’s Demesne, ad­mit­ted unau­tho­rised tak­ing, caus­ing crim­i­nal dam­age and steal­ing prop­erty at the Post Of­fice, Pearse Park, on 28 July, 2017.

Ev­i­dence was given a white Volk­swa­gen Golf was stolen early that morn­ing, while a black Toy­ota Carolla had been ri­fled through and a Dun­dalk FC shirt and €40 cash taken.

CCTV iden­ti­fied the ac­cused who was sub­se­quently ar­rested.

The stolen car was back with its owner, slightly dam­aged.

Judge Jones heard Mackin has 33 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and never re­ceived a prison sen­tence be­fore.

So­lic­i­tor Paula Tier­nan said her client has a bad record but there has been no trou­ble for the last 18 months. He has a full-time job and is do­ing well.

Mackin is now drug-free and try­ing to turn his life around.

How­ever, the judge re­marked he has re­ceived plenty of chances and didn’t take them.

A one-month sen­tence was im­posed for the unau­tho­rised tak­ing, the other charges taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

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