A MAN CHARGED in connection with substantial robberies from three ATM machines around the south-east has been found guilty of just one of them, and cleared of the other two.
36-year-old Michael Berry, of 2 Hillview, Carnew, Co Wicklow, was found guilty by a jury of seven men and five women following three days of deliberations of the theft of an ATM and cash from the Maxol Service Station on Bellefield Road in Enniscorthy on July 24, 2009.
He was also found guilty on five other related charges including the theft of a vehicle, driving without consent of owner, theft of a trailer and damage to the Enniscorthy premises during the raid.
He was found not guilty of theft of ATM and cash at Tullow, Co Carlow, on November 27, 2008, and not guilty to the theft of ATM and cash at Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, on June 12, 2009.
He was also found not guilty on remaining other charges including trespass and having weapons when entering premises at Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.
The jury failed to return a verdict in relation to two other charges.
The jury of seven men and five women began its deliberations last Wednesday afternoon having heard evidence over the previous four weeks. Those deliberations continued through Thursday and into Friday, before the verdicts were reached close to lunchtime.
As each verdict was read out, the defendant sat motionless, eyes closed, and showing no reaction.
Judge Hickson remanded the defendant in custody for sentencing to Wexford Circuit Criminal Court on January 15 next.