Sunday 21 January 2018

Burglar shot by factory owner avoids jail

Brian McDonald

A BURGLAR got some "rough justice" when he was shot during a raid.

Joseph Bates (34) was part of a three-man gang who broke into a furniture factory at Killoe, Co Longford.

Owner Gerry Kennedy grabbed his legally held shotgun after hearing noises at 6.30am on February 28, 2012.

He became concerned for his safety during a tense confrontation with the burglars and fired one shot in their direction. And Joseph Bates, of Boyne St, Dublin 2, was struck by pellets.

Tools worth €2,500, which were taken in the raid, were later recovered.

At Longford Circuit Court yesterday Judge Tony Hunt referred to the shotgun injuries suffered by the accused as "rough justice".

The court was told Bates was making an effort to deal with a drug addiction and had taken up employment.

Sentencing the accused to three years, suspended for five, Judge Hunt said he would be reluctant to take away the opportunity of bona fide employment.

Irish Independent

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