Wednesday 29 March 2017

Defendant handled stolen property

A 40-YEAR-OLD man was given an eight month suspended sentence at Swords Distirct Court last week for handling stolen property.

David Sheils ( 39), St Mark's Avenue, Clondalkin was ordered to enter a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years. And a condition of that bond is that he pays a balance of €2,500 compensation for stolen goods not recovered to the injured party. Mr Sheils pleaded guilty to being in the possession of stolen electrical equipment to the value of 13,789.99 at Esker Manor, Lucan. Garda Adrian Gates told the court that on April 6th there was a burglary at Weightwatchers in the Swords Business Park in which €17,000 of equipment was stolen. Following certain information, he carried out a search of the Lucan area and located a white van in which almost €14,000 of the stolen goods were recovered. Garda Gates said that the defendant was arrested on April 12 and made certain admissions about knowingly buying the stolen goods. However, the Garda added that there was no evidence to say that the defendant had been inolved in the burglary. Christopher Horrigan, solicitor for Mr Sheils, said that his client was co-operative and very apologetic and had €500 in court which could be paid to the injured party and if given time he would pay the rest of the compensation for the goods not recovered.

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