Two defendants who appeared before the court following a stake-out of a licensed premises where they stole beer kegs, which were destined for a Dublin party, were each sentenced to six months in prison at New Ross District Court on Tuesday last.
John Mongan, of 1 Lynche's Lane, Clondalkin, Dublin, and Michael Stokes, of 223 Clonard Park, Ballybeg, Waterford, were each sentenced to six months in prison when they pleaded guilty to handling stolen property at Mount Elliott, New Ross, on March 23 last.
Two separate charges against each defendant of theft at Mount Garrett Lane, New Ross, and theft at Mount Elliott, New Ross were marked taken into consideration.
Det. Garda David Flynn told the court that following a number of incidents and the result of intelligence, surveillance was placed on the licensed premises known as Mannion's. Garda Michael Walsh had made observations at 6.15 a.m.
Garda Michael Walsh, he said, made an observation, and at approximately 6.35 a.m. a white van pulled up, and put kegs into the van.
The defendants were arrested a short distance from the scene having been stopped. When stopped, following a search of the van, a further six kegs were found, the property of Kavanagh's of Irishtown, New Ross. The total value of the property stolen came to e3,000.
Det. Garda Flynn said that both Mongan, aged 29, and Stokes, aged 28, had previous convictions.
The kegs of beer were destined for a party in Dublin, said Det. Garda Flynn.
Mr. Martin Lawlor, solicitor for the defendants, said they told him that there was a big house party taking place that weekend which was why they succumbed to the temptation. They were approached by the Gardai having been caught red handed for which they now express their regrets to the court. All of the property was recovered.
Mr. Lawlor also said that Mr. Stokes is married with no children, while Mr. Mongan is a married man with seven children, while his wife is been admitted for their eighth child. He asked the court to deal with the matter by way of a probation report while both of the defendants would also consider the option of community service.
Judge O Buachalla said he regarded the matter as being very serious, sentencing both defendants to six months in prison.
Recognisances were fixed in the event of an appeal in a personal bond of e800 in each case, and one indepentent surety in each case of e2,000 cash.