Thief will avoid jail if he pays for goods he stole

Wexford People - - NEWS OBITUARIES -

A 32-YEAR-OLD man who re­peat­edly called to a hard­ware store to steal chip­pings, fence posts and fence mak­ing equip­ment was told that he will avoid jail if he pays for the goods he re­moved.

Michael Doyle from Ballysheen in Killinick was caught at Bol­ger’s Hard­ware in Bal­lycog­ley af­ter the se­cu­rity alarm sum­moned gar­daí to the premises on Novem­ber 20 back in 2015.

They ar­rived to find Doyle’s car at the gate and they spot­ted the de­fen­dant climb­ing over the back fence and mak­ing off across open coun­try.

He was even­tu­ally picked up four fields away.

A trawl back through CCTV footage showed that the same cul­prit was re­spon­si­ble for three pre­vi­ous thefts and the to­tal value of items taken came to €517.

De­fend­ing so­lic­i­tor John O’Donovan said that the de­fen­dant in­tended us­ing what he took for fenc­ing in his an­i­mals.

The case was de­layed by the fail­ure of the ac­cused man to show up in court and a war­rant was is­sued on a pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion as a re­sult.

Mr O’Donovan stressed that Doyle had found his time in cus­tody at Clover­hill Prison af­ter he was ar­rested a sober­ing experience.

Judge Ger­ard Haughton in­di­cated that he was pre­pared to make out a com­mu­nity ser­vice or­der re­quir­ing the ac­cused to carry out 200 hour of work in lieu of six months im­pris­on­ment.

How­ever, first Doyle must come up with the €517 for Bol­ger’s by Septem­ber.

On that ba­sis, the mat­ter was ad­journed for a com­mu­nity ser­vice re­port.

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