A MAN who brought stolen poles belonging to the County Council to a scrapyard will be sentenced in February.
Patrick Ward, Old Bundoran Road, Sligo admitted handling the poles, valued at €3,500, at Emerald Salvage and Recycling, Ballisodare on October 19th.
Inspector Paul Kilcoyne said a number of steel poles had been taken from a Council yard at Kintogher.
The matter was investigated by Detective Garda John Scanlon who located the poles at the scrapyard.
He viewed CCTV footage and was able to identify Ward as the person who left them there.
Mr. Gerard McGovern, solicitor (defending), pleaded that Ward had spent a number of days in custody on remand and he didn't like it.
The court had given Ward a warning when he appeared in court last November and he had heeded this, added Mr. McGovern.
Judge Kevin Kilrane said the theft of metals was a very serious matter.
It had reached epidemic porpotions in the country at the moment.
In the defendant's favour was the fact no damage was caused like in other cases where cables and material had been ripped from roofs.
The Judge said the court had to take into account what was going on in the country regarding these thefts and Ward's 29 previous convictions.
"I'm thinking of a fine of one thousand euros.
"See what you can do by February 14th.
"That sum is in addition to the €300 already lodged in court," said the Judge.
Ward was remanded on continuing bail.