Sunday 17 December 2017

Brothers who stole Quinn laptop to be jailed – but only after they have time to buy Christmas presents

Declan Brennan

TWO brothers who stole a laptop belonging to the daughter of former billionaire Sean Quinn will be jailed next week after a court heard they wanted time to arrange Christmas presents for their children.

Keith (37) and his younger brother Gary Kinlan (35) broke into Aoife Quinn’s car while it was parked in a laneway in north inner city Dublin last July.

They stole a case containing a HP laptop and iPhone 3GS belonging to her but were caught by gardai within minutes hiding in a flats complex.

The pair, who are from Summerhill place, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court last month to the theft at Loftus Lane, Dublin 1 on July 28 last.

At the time the brothers were serving a 18 months suspended portion of a three year jail term imposed in 2011 at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Today the State sought to re-activate that suspended sentence because of the District Court convictions.

Garda Sheila Sheehan told prosecuting counsel Pieter Le Vert BL that the two brothers had pleaded guilty last month to 16 charges, including theft, possession of articles for use in the course of a theft, possession of a stolen laptop, criminal damage and unlawful interference with a car.

Mr Le Vert said that the men's aunt had passed away this week and that there was no objection to any jail sentence being put back for one week so that they could attend the funeral. He also told the court that there are children that the Kinlans wish to attend to.

John Byrne BL, defending Keith Kinlan, said that his client hoped to be able to collect dole money this week and to arrange Christmas presents for children in the Kinlan family.

He said his client is institutionalised and is more comfortable in prison. He also has medical difficulties and his long term prognosis is not good, Mr Byrne said.

The court heard that the men had a difficult childhood after their father died when they were young and that they became involved with drugs from an early age.

Sean Guerin BL, defending Gary Kinlan, said his client is a father with a 20 year history of drug abuse. He said he has suffered a brain aneurism which resulted in possible brain damage.

Judge Martin Nolan said that both men posed a substantial challenge to the rehabilitative process.

He said they had problems all their lives but had never been difficult for the gardai to deal with and always showed up in court.

He said the only problem is that they cannot stop committing criminal acts.

At the previous hearing, the District Court heard that Keith Kinlan has more than 50 previous convictions and his brother has 61. Both criminal records include convictions for theft and burglary.

After Judge Nolan adjourned the imposition of 16 month jail terms for both men for a week, Keith Kinlan said: “Thanks very much, I appreciate that”

The judge told them: “I won't be best pleased if you commit any crime in the meantime”. Keith Kinlan replied: “We won’t”.

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