ONE of two suspected burglars who were locked in a metal freight container after a North Louth homeowner found them inside and rang the Gardai has been given community service after he paid compensation.
The homeowner, who is from the North, had come to his house at Cornamucklagh, Omeath on October 23 to fix a door that had been damaged during a previous break-in, a previous hearing of the district court was told.
He had been having problems with people breaking into the property.
There was a freight container on the site and when he heard voices inside, he locked it and called Gardai. When officers arrived, they found Conor McLoughlin, (31), who also has an address at Cornamucklagh, inside.
He was charged with criminal damage after two padlocks and a steel bar, used to secure the container, had been broken. The items were valued at €160.
McLoughlin has 11 previous convictions and is currently on social welfare, having been a joiner for many years.
A report found that McLoughlin was suitabled for community service. Judge Flannan Brennan imposed 100 hours work instead of a two month jail sentence.