A GREAT-grandfather who was the driver for two burglars has been spared jail.
Michael Myles Connors (74), of The Avenue, Belgard Heights, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary on May 13, 2012, at Kilberry, Navan, Co Meath.
Connors denied to gardai that he had broken into houses but admitted driving the other two culprits.
Trim Circuit Court heard that the great-grandfather had 94 previous convictions dating from 1959 to 2012.
The convictions included nine for burglary, and at the time of the offence Connors should not have been driving as he had been banned in 2011 for 25 years.
A defence barrister said his client was a widower who lived alone and had to use an oxygen tank every day as he was chronically ill with a number of complaints and also had early signs of dementia.
He urged Judge Michael O'Shea not to jail Connors and give him one final chance so he could live out his life in peace.
Judge O'Shea said that Connors's age could not be used as a shield. He said Connors had been part of a joint venture and had driven the other two to the house and had been the driver of the getaway car.
He then sentenced Connors to two-and-a-half years, which he suspended on condition the defendant enter a bond of €200 to be of good behaviour for three years.